There’s a lot of misfits in the movies I like in 2017: a shogi master who is teased for having nothing, a lady Accountant who remains a virgin even in her twenties, a ghoul (who is also alienated even by his own peers) and a transgender, who is perhaps, the most misfit of them all. 

Japanese movies in 2017 are not particularly acclaimed in the international arena, but there are a few gems worth rooting for. Continue reading “The Year in Review: 2017 – Top Ten Japanese Movies”

The Eight Year Engagement: A roller-coaster ride between tragedy and romance!

In the Eight Year Engagement, a couple, Hisashi (Satoh Takeru) and Mai (Tsuchiya Tao), is about to get married when the girl fell into a coma. 

Instead of abandoning her, the boy remains at her side. When Mai wakes up, she fails to recognize Hisashi and so the story continues.

Following the tradition of undying love – as exemplified by April Bride (Eita + Eikura Nana) and Koizora: Sky of Love (Miura Haruma + Aragaki Yui ), Shochiku ventures into the romantic drama genre. While April Bride tackles cancer, and so is Koizora, among others, The Eight Year Engagement brings the complication of disease with lapses in memory. The movie revolves around the loyalty and steadfast duty of a man waiting for his loved one to recover from an illness.

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Romcom Japanese Style: Hey, Japan give me some lovin! (2017 Edition) [Hitlist]

Japanese romantic comedies. Ah, those light, bubbly, fun movies where a boy and a girl usually end up together. Yet through the years, we have come to appreciate certain ‘innovation’ to the universal happy ending of romcom.

The most radical among these is the gay guy (and the apparent nonsensical drive of the girl to capture his heart). As many of you will argue, it’s romantic and comedic, silly! If it’s going to be a sad ending, what so fun with that? I know, this will be an argument ad infinitum, so I’ll leave it at that.

Previously, we have Part 1 [Aozora Yell, Today’s Kira Kun, Your Lie in April] and a hitlist in Part 2. Months have passed, and Japan is at it again (did they ever stopped? no!) so let’s update our list and see what’s currently on the table and what the next year will bring…

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Modern Japanese Film Noir: In the age of Live-action adaptation, are there such films? [Hitlist]

The classic definition of film noir still applies today, but in a broader (less strict) sense, at least to contemporary Japanese films. FilmSite posted a comprehensive article about noir and said:

Fear, mistrust, bleakness, loss of innocence, despair and paranoia are readily evident in noir [read more]

The article explains further that noir is not a genre but rather a “mood, style, point-of-view, or tone of a film”. American crime and detective films in the 1940s are said to be the first set to be classified as noir.

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Drama viewing becomes an enriching experience if you find the right drama for you. The problem is, once you pick a drama or two, you have to make sure someone is going to sub it.

With approximately 150 Japanese drama produced annually, only about 30-40 have been ‘endowed’ with an English subtitle. This figure nosedives, even more, when it comes to other languages. There also exists a few LiveJournal accounts who compel people with unreasonable requirements just to download their precious subs – and the arrogance is epic! Continue reading “Fall 2017 Drama Season: Top 10 Most-Anticipated Japanese Drama [Notwithstanding its subbing status]”

Food Month celebration continues with Mondai no Aru Restaurant, Hondana Shokudo, and Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho!

Food month continues – perhaps for another 2 or 3 weeks – and I have very good reasons why. There are plenty of excellent foodie drama, and anime I wish to review and rave about. Of course, there are a few more movies I want to mention too!


Before I discuss any further, I’m inviting you to join our quiz above! Correct answers are highlighted in green.

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September 2017 is Food month at Psychodrama!

September 2017 is food month at Psychodrama! It means we’ll be featuring Japanese food-related movies, drama series, and anime reviews and news, as well as, surveys and quizzes about these shows and the actors who played chefs or cooks or any related characters!  



As a sneak peek, we’ll have an anime review for Food Wars (Shokugeki no Souma) and extensive discussions on drama series including Mondai no aru Restaurant, Mi wo Tsukushi Ryouricho, and The Emperor’s Cook. Special mention also goes to Hashimoto Ai’s Little Forest. Continue reading “September 2017 is Food month at Psychodrama!”

Japanese food is something a bit mysterious and strange to me, but I have the chance to taste some Japanese cuisine of late that really made quite an impression.

When you watch Japanese movies, anime, and drama all the time, you get a sense of familiarity. But tasting authentic Japanese food is a totally different, but extremely fulfilling experience. What better way to eat udon noodles while watching your favorite Jdrama neh? Continue reading “Japanese Food in the Movies: A List of Favorite Movies, Scenes & Upcoming Titles!”

Favorite Japanese-Korean Movie Collaborations [Part 1 of 2 Parts]

[Editor’s Note: A favorite hit list way back in 2012, we’re launching a Part 2 to showcase new titles to add to these 5 amazing movies – with an equally amazing collaboration between Japanese and Korean artists! ]

So, I’m starting the list with what is considered one of the most expensive movies (USD 25 million) produced in South Korea- the war drama My Way. 

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