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25 March 2008 @ 01:40 am
Un, nan?  
Just a little while ago, I got back from the premiere of Un-nan?!! My friend Nana Yanagisawa is the star, so she invited a few of us to the premiere.. It was a bit low-key, but so exciting!! My first movie premiere!!! ♥ (of many? =D) I remember when she would send me pictures from the countryside during shooting a few years ago, and it's so exciting to finally see the finished product!! ^o^ (I wonder if I was the most excited person in the room!)

It was surprisingly good!! Usually I'm not so fond of Japanese slice-of-life movies because they can be really slow and unmoving and badly shot. This time though, the cinematography was great!! The location also, was so country-esque that it made me yearn to visit the japanese countryside. Though the setting was so like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (right down to the local curse in the shrine) that I kept expecting a random murder!! It's a good thing that this wasn't that type of movie. =D


Please see it if you can!! The tagline is "Were were born here, and live our lives here..", which describes the movie pretty well. The story revolves around the main guy, Tetsurou, and his family and the girl that he's secretly in love with, Takako (Nana!). Of course, he takes most of the movie to get around to telling her about his feelings (no surprise, really), and during the film we experience a really touching death that made me cry, a rather disturbing legend about the shrine near where they live, and a glimpse into life in "real" Japan looks like. I don't mean the modern city life that most Tokyoites live, and the only one that I've seen, but life in the countryside that's old-fashioned and steeped in culture. It was so beautiful!! I really, really want to go to the countryside now!!

Japanese countryside to me, please!! ♥♥
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
^_______^ If you do manage to see it sometime (it won't be out on DVD for a loooooooong time, so just keep it in mind if you happen to see it around), do let me know what you thought about it! I'll pass on your comments to her. ^__^
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Uwaaaa =^___^= I'm always so happy to hear you guys say that you like her. I guess because she's one of those people that is so nice, you really want her to succeed, y'know? ^^ I really hope that she does well!
(Anonymous) on March 25th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)

I just discovered your blog a couple of days ago, and I love it so far. Your life in Japan sounds very cool, and I'm jealous!

Anyway, do you have a link to a trailer for this movie? It sounds great. Personally, I'm interested in Japanese nostalgia, especially post-war 60s and 70s stuff, so I'm eagerly awaiting "Always: Sunset on san-chome" to come to the US with English subtitles.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Trailer?
Hi Ben!! I'm so sorry that it's taken so long to get back to you!! (busy busy ^^;;)

Well, there doesn't seem to be a proper trailer on the site (I wonder why..), but there are a bunch of videos here: http://www.unnan-movie.com/flash_movie.html
Maybe that will help? ^^

(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Trailer?
I wish I could read Japanese, haha. Thanks!

内出血死の蜂鳥: ACUcrystalplumage on March 25th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
owww,,it sounds good !
I actually like Japanese movies like this that have some foundation and interesting characters.
did you see Taste of Tea ?
Or that one that won all the academy awards that was about post WW2 Tokyo and the building of tokyo tower..
veryt cool ..both of them.I also enjoyed hula girls despite the cheeziness..
Then the girl form Hula Girls was in Hana and Alice 2 years before.shes an amazing dancer....

I will def check this one out if i can get it over here.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: owww,,it sounds good !
I didn't see it, but now I'm really intrigued! I will look it up and see if it's on dvd or something!! ^^
内出血死の蜂鳥crystalplumage on March 27th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: owww,,it sounds good !
Taste of Tea has Tabanobu Asano in it..and i forget the name of the one about tokyo tower,but that too, won a Japan academy award ..

And did you get the post about the tea cafe i told you about ?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 28th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: owww,,it sounds good !
I have no idea who that is, lol. I suck at celebrities.. ^^;

I did, thank you! Did I not reply? Somehow it must have slipped my mind. ^^;; But I'm grateful and I definitely want to go sometime soon!
内出血死の蜂鳥crystalplumage on March 28th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
no reply..
But its ok,i just wanted to make sure you didnt miss the post with the directions/addy .
Let me know how you like it !
So many teas !!its amazing !

And you do not know who Asano is..
I LUV him..
just a sec
内出血死の蜂鳥: Die Does Mardi Gras !crystalplumage on March 28th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: owww,,it sounds good !
And his brithday is the same day as Bruce Lee..
wah ~

Idyllkaidyllka on March 25th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
She sent You these photos a few years ago?
How long have they been shooting it then? Woah
I wanna see it, if You reccomend it so much.
Nana is KAWAII~!
Idyllkaidyllka on March 25th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
Nana's birthday date is the same as my brother's (totally stupid comment XD) though the year is different (^___^)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I know!! They filmed it a while back, but I guess there was a lot of post-processing time or something. ^_^; I wish that I could find those old photos though, but I think I lost them. ^^;;;
Chiakichiaki777 on March 27th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
Mmm, looks like a nice indie film. Cool to know actors. ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's a really good movie! If you like that type, then I recommend seeing it if you can get a hold of it.
Katrina: arashieveranangel604 on March 27th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
looks like a good movie! I really want to watch japanese movies like that set in a rural setting!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 27th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Me too!! It made me really eager to see more!!
Rayne: Whiteraynesakura on May 11th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, this looks really good! (I'm a late commer, sorry)
Do you know if this is comming out on DVD? And if so, when?