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Angel Densetsu May 8, 2009

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Angel Densetsu (エンジェル伝説 Enjeru Densetsu, Legend of Angel) is a shonen manga created by Norihiro Yagi. Serialized in Monthly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 2000, in total 15 volumes.

Story

Angel Densetsu is a story about Seiichirou Kitano, a kind and naive boy with the heart of an angel, but the sinister looks of a devil. This causes many misunderstandings, leading people to assume that he is a villain or heroin addict, and results in a career as the head thug, or “school guardian” at his new school.

List of Characters


Seiichirō Kitano (北野誠一郎 )
The main protagonist, a boy whose face inspires terror and despair in other people’s hearts, but whose true nature is that of a kind-hearted boy. His gentle and caring actions mostly frighten those around him, and while he’s used to getting hit for no apparent reason at all (except for his terrifying features), he somehow had developed speed and reflexes which allow him to absorb the power of the blows. He is also observed of having the will to remain standing despite injuries (whether cosmetic or real).
Although he has no martial arts  skill at all and doesn’t like violence, he would often jump into ‘situations’ (Read: fights) head on, either to protect someone or to break the fight. Of course, coming headlong into fights while screaming incoherently (a trait that was also seen in Kitano’s father that happens when both are in a state of panic), ‘armed’ with his already-mentioned scary countenance only serve to confuse the ones he face, and more importantly to serve the rumors of him being a delinquent, especially when the usual circumstances made that he is the only remaining person standing.
Aside from his speed, reflex, and his stubborn will, Kitano also occasionally uses a special finishing move, a double-palmed push. It is, literally, just a push. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it also bears behind it the whole of Kitano Seiichiro’s will. It has been observed repeatedly of having the capability of lifting the victims off their feet and sending them soaring several feet away. This finishing move is instinctual, and mostly used when Kitano is trying to protect someone.
Characteristically of the series, the angel-hearted Kitano would misunderstand the actions of the people he faces (or forced to face), never even thinking ill of them, while the reverse is almost certainly true. This is the running gag that serves as the centre of which the story revolve around.
Seikichi Kuroda (黒田清吉 )
The former “guardian” of Hekikuu high. He’s been a slave to the previous guardian for most of his high school life, and he thought he could enjoy being the guardian in his last year of school, but he is forced to resign soon after meeting Kitano. He’s the most delinquent-like of the group, skipping lessons to smoke and provoking fights. Although he usually gets beaten up by others (Koiso Ryoko, Takehisa, other delinquents), he isn’t physically weak – he is big and has a strong punch. The fact he is constantly defeated lies in his mind – he is easily scared and has tendency to panic. He is also simple-minded enough to be manipulated.
Kuroda desperately tries to reserve a leftovers of his dignity by acting like a guardian before Ogisu and his sempais. Also he has one-sided crush on Ryoko.
Ooshita and Tokiyama are his two lackeys/friends. Both of them have rarely been referred to by their actual names. Koide, the class president’s assistant calls it a “miracle” that he was able to obtain their full names. As the story progresses, they realize Kuroda’s weakness (and strengths, rarely good, though), but they kept on being loyal to him.
Another piece of trivia from the author himself, Kuroda serves as a pivotal character at the very start of the series, when the author experienced a writer’s block.
Ryoko Koiso (小磯良子)
The daughter of the Koiso-style kobujutsu karate master, initially set on fighting each and every high school delinquent, and convinced that Kitano is evil and very strong. After fighting him, however, she discovers his true nature, and little by little she becomes his girlfriend
In the story, she is considered very strong, having only beaten by sneak attacks or accidents. Both her and Shirataki Ikuno is observed of having the same personality traits.
Ikuko Hirayama (平山郁子)
Koiso’s best friend, and the only “normal” friend of Kitano. She’s very sensitive, and she’s the only one to openly notice how much being friends with Kitano has changed Koiso and Shirataki.
Her name has come to one of the series’ running gags, with Kuroda repeatedly calling her Koiso Ryoko’s Friend #A(However, this is rendered in a fan translation and may not actually be the literal phrase). Her first name is first used about one-fourth into the story, and her family is not revealed until the very end of the series. The author had even thrown a contest to let the readers guess the family name (only one reader has correctly guessed what her surname is).
Yuji Takehisa (竹久優二)
The strongest delinquent of Hekikuu high, previously suspended for beating up one of the teachers: after being defeated by Kitano, he proclaims himself his “little brother”. He sports spiked bleached hair and has no eyebrows.
After claiming loyalty to Kitano, he becomes less delinquent-like. He doesn’t get into a lot of fight anymore (although he doesn’t lose any of his fighting skill), nor does he skip classes, staying calm most of the time. His old, hot-blooded self, comes to the surface when someone tries to harm Kitano or himself.
At the end of the series, when confronted with the fact of Kitano being ‘normal’ -Takehisa’s old comrades had come and asked him to join up in order to beat up Kitano- he proclaimed that whether or not Kitano is a delinquent, he is still Takehisa’s best friend. He then proceeded to beat up his old comrades with a smile on his face.
Ikuno Shirataki (白滝幾奶)
The beautiful daughter of one of the special guidance counsellor and heir of his seat, her mission was to beat up Kitano, but after being defeated by Koiso, she becomes a part of their group. It is the very first time for her to be able to talk to people normally without anyone fearing her, even after her first days of school at Hekikuu High, when she knocked out a lot of male students. At first she is cold and uncaring, which is strictly true, but after knowing Kitano, and his gang, she gradually became softer and accepting. That doesn’t mean she isn’t ready to fight everyone or anyone at any time. She is still interested in fighting -and later actually ends up fighting- Kitano because of his abilities. She says once Kitano and Ryoko get married, she’ll be his lover.
She also bears a striking resemblance to Clare, the protagonist of Claymore (manga) in both personality and physical appearance.
Takashi Ogisu (荻須高志)
Dyes his hair bright red and calls himself “the fighting master”. Previously unbeaten, he is defeated repeatedly on the very day he steps in Hekikuu high, a serious blow to his self-confidence. When Ogisu first meets Kitano, Kitano mistakes his red hair for blood and runs toward him, so he ends up scared and running away. He’s sure that Kuroda is Hekikuu’s guardian, and that Kitano is the number 2, and Kuroda told him that he could fight him only after he beat Kitano; although Koiso makes him think that he defeated Kitano once, in the end he gets beaten up once again. After meeting Shirataki, he gets beaten up by her several times; then, out of humility, he decides to learn the secrets of the Koiso-style kobujutsu and joins the Koiso dojo. At the end of the series, he realizes that he was still a powerful fighter, but was simply overshadowed by Kitano’s invincible forces.
In the end, he’s the only one to respect Kuroda, and Kuroda uses him as his subordinate, hoping to use his strength to protect him whenever he’s in trouble.

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My Rating: Story 8.5 , Artwork 7

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Katsu! May 7, 2009

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Katsu! (カツ) is a sports manga by Mitsuru Adachi which was serialized in the manga magazine Shōnen Sunday from 2001 to 2005. It centers around a freshman student, Katsuki Satoyama, as he discovers his near-legendary skill in boxing.

Plot

Katsuki Satoyama and his best friend Kyōta Kawakami, both age 15, enroll in Mizutani Boxing Gym to get close to their tomboyish crush, Katsuki Mizutani, whose father owns it. However, Satoyama soon finds out that she is distant from her father. Worse, it turns out that she hates boxing.

In a sparring match, everyone soon discovers Satoyama’s hidden, yet unpolished, skill in boxing. Satoyama soon learns that Mizutani is really in love with boxing, but disdains it because it’s a man’s sport in which she cannot participate. Mizutani then takes it upon herself to be Satoyama’s trainer and manager in order to reach the championship belt. Satoyama complies to be closer to his crush.

As the story progresses, we soon find out that Satoyama has a hidden past and lineage, one which could give him the necessary skill and talent to be a legendary professional boxing champion.

Characters

Katsuki Satoyama (里山 活樹 ,Satoyama Katsuki)
The male protagonist of the story, Katsuki is a junior at Kōyō High School where he excels at Classical Chinese. His mother died five years before the story begins. He and his friend Kyōta join Mizutani Boxing Gym with the ulterior motive of getting closer to Katsuki Mizutani, whose father owns the gym. He is very good at dodging due to his sister loving to throw things at him when she was little. While he initially believes he he is a bantamweight, it turns out his scales at home are off by a three kilograms, and he is actually a featherweight.

His real father, Ryūsuke Akamatsu, and his adoptive father who raised him, Hachigorō Satoyama, have two completely different boxing styles, and Katsuki has inherited traits of each style, incorporating them into his own unique style.

Katsuki won both the inter-high school championships and the National Sports Festival championship titles twice each, as well as the overall high school championship once, for a total of five titles. He has also sparred twice with Katsuki Mizutani and once with Shūsaku Nikaidō (who is in a different weight class. He has never faced Shin’ichi Misaki in a regular match.

After failing the entrance exam to enter college, he obtained his professional boxing license.

Katsuki Mizutani (水谷 香月 ,Mizutani Katsuki)
The female protagonist of the story and a classmate of Katsuki Satoyama. She has a very strong personality and has single-handedly taken down groups of bullies and hoodlums multiple times, especially when she was younger and protecting Shin’ichi Misaki from them.

Kyōta Kawakami (川上 京太 ,Kawakami Kyōta)

Hachigorō Satoyama (里山 八五郎 ,Satoyama Hachigorō)

Yukio Ōshima (大島 由紀夫 ,Ōshima Yukio)

My Rating: Story 8, artwork 8

GReeeeN – Haruka May 5, 2009

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This is the ballad for Rookie Movie.

Kanji

窓から流れる景色変わらない このまち旅立つ
春風舞い散る桜 憧ればかり強くなってく

どれだけ寂しくっても 自分で決めた道信じて
手紙の最後の行が あいつらしくて笑える

誰かに嘘をつくような人になってくれるな 父の願いと
傷ついたって笑い飛ばして傷つけるより全然いいね 母の愛

あの空流れる雲 思い出すあの頃の僕は
人の痛みに気づかず 情けない弱さを隠していた

気づけばいつも誰かに支えられ ここまで歩いた
だから今度は自分が 誰かを支えられるように

真っ直ぐにやれ、よそ見はするな下手くそでいい 父の笑顔と
信じることは簡単なこと、疑うよりも気持ちがいいね 母の涙

さよならまた会える日まで不安と期待を背負って
必ず夢をかなえて笑顔で帰るために

本当の強さ 本当の自由 本当の愛と本当のやさしさ
わからないまま進めないから 自分探すと心に決めた

春風想い届けて 涙をやさしく包んで
必ず夢をかなえて 笑顔で帰るために

さよなら 叱られることも少なくなってゆくけれど
いつでもそばにいるから 笑顔で帰るから
どれだけ寂しくっても僕らは歩き続ける 必ず帰るから

想いが風に舞う あなたの誇りになる
いざ行こう

haruka

Romaji

Mado kara nagareru keshiki kawaranai
Kono machi tabidatsu
Harukaze maichiru sakura
Akogare bakari tsuyoku natteku

Dore dake sabishikutte mo jibun de
Kimeta michi shinjite
Tegami no saigo no gyou ga
Aitsu rashikute waraeru

Dareka ni uso o tsuku you na hito ni
Natte kureru na chichi no negai to
Kizutsuitatte warai tobashite
Kizutsukeru yori zenzen ii ne
(Haha no ai)

Ano sora nagareru kumo omoidasu
Ano koro no boku wa
Hito no itami ni kizuka zu
Nasakenai yowa sa o kakushiteita

Kizukeba itsumo dareka ni sasaerare
Koko made aruita
Dakara kondo wa jibun ga
Dareka o sasaerareruyou ni

Massugu miage yosomi wa suru na
Hetakuso de ii chichi no egao to
Shinjiru koto wa kantan na koto
Utagau yori mo kimochi ga ii ne
(Haha no namida)

Sayounara…
Mata aeru hi made fuan to
Kitai o seotte
Kanarazu yume o kanaete
Egao de kaeru tame ni

Hontou no tsuyo sa
Hontou no jibun
Hontou no ai to
Hontou no yasashi sa

Wakaranai mama susumenai kara
Jibun sagasu to kokoro ni kimeta

Harukaze omoi todokete namida o
Yasashiku tsutsun de
Kanarazu yume o kanaete
Egao de kaeru tame ni

Sayounara…
Shikarareru koto mo sukunaku
Natte yuku keredo
Itsudemo soba ni iru kara
Egao de kaereru kara

Dore dake sabishikutte mo bokura wa
Aruki tsuzukeru
Kanarazu kaereru kara

Omoi ga kaze ni mau
Anata no hokori ni naru

Saaikou

Elfen Lied May 5, 2009

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Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート ,Erufen Rīto?) is a Japanese manga series created by manga author Lynn Okamoto. A thirteen-episode anime television series adaptation based on the manga was produced by the studio ARMS and broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to October 2004; the anime was later licensed in North America on DVD by ADV Films. The anime started before the manga was complete; as a result, the plot differed between the two, especially towards the ending of the story. In 2005, a special original video animation, written to occur between the tenth and eleventh episodes of the series, was released. The title is literally German for “Elven Song” and takes its name from the poem Elfenlied and the German word lied, a classical-romantic poem or musical work.

Elfen Lied revolves around the interactions, views, emotions, and discrimination between humans and the Diclonius, a mutant species similar to humans in build but distinguishable by two horns on their head and “vectors”, transparent telekinetically controlled arms that have the power to manipulate and cut objects within their reach. The series is centered around the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by humans and subsequently wreaks a murderous vengeance upon them.

Plot

The Diclonius are a species of evolved humans with two horns and vectors, transparent arms that have the power to manipulate and cut objects within their reach. The arms vibrate with such a high frequency, that they can cut through almost anything, and they are strong enough to lift heavy stones or lesser boats; depending on the strength of the individual Diclonius. Diclonius are being held in a special experimental facility off the coast of Kamakura in Kanagawa, south of the city of Yokohama, by the chief executive of the experimental facility. A teenage girl named by the staff as “Lucy,” escapes, using her vectors to deflect gunfire and effortlessly kill security guards. As she makes her way out of the facility, a sniper shoots her, breaking her metal helmet and causing her to fall into the sea. The next morning, Kohta is moving to Kamakura to study in a university where he is reunited with his cousin Yuka. He encounters Lucy on a beach in the area, naked with her head bleeding from the bullet wound and only capable of saying the word “Nyu.” Kohta and Yuka decide to take her with them, naming her “Nyu” as a result.

Lucy and Nyu have opposite personalities, and switch between them very abruptly, the first instance of which Bando becomes a victim.

A Diclonius named Nana and a Special Assault Team task force, led by the violent soldier Bando, are sent to hunt down Lucy. However, Lucy and her cold characteristics have not yet faded away; whenever she hits her head or is confronted with violence, she reverts to her sadistic side and makes transitions between her two personalities throughout the series, the first of which is seen against Bando, who has his eyes poked out, and Nana, who has all her limbs ripped off by Lucy’s vectors. Eventually, Kurama decides to repair the bodies of Bando and Nana and send Nana back to Kamakura, contrary to his orders to put her down. Nana and Mayu, a 14-year-old runaway youth who witnessed the confrontation between Nana and Lucy, as well as the result of Bando’s encounter with Lucy, both end up living in Kohta’s household.

Several developments in the story are made and explained in the latter end of the series regarding the pasts of the characters and the links between them. Mayu is revealed to have been molested by her stepfather, and Kurama is also revealed to be a carrier of Diclonius DNA. Professor Kakuzawa, Kurama’s colleague and the son of his boss, is revealed to be a Diclonius just seconds before his head gets torn off by Lucy. Kurama’s wife died as a result of complications after giving birth, and Kurama was almost forced to kill his newborn Diclonius daughter; however Kakuzawa’s father, the head of the facility, agreed to let her live on the condition that explosives be planted inside her to be detonated if she escaped the facility and caused destruction in the human world. Lucy’s past, why she turned sadistic, and her connections with Kohta are also revealed.

Toward the end of the series, Kurama is forced to unleash Mariko, his Diclonius daughter and disputedly the most powerful Diclonius, to kill Lucy and return the species into hiding forever. Lucy, Nana and Kohta encounter Mariko, accompanied by the staff at the facility, on a bridge, where Mariko almost kills them. As Lucy kills the search team accompanying Mariko in retrieving her, including the majority of the remaining staff at the facility, Kurama is cornered with the last three Diclonius left. He chooses instead to spend a final father-daughter moment and die with Mariko as the explosives in her detonate. Nana returns to the household with Kohta, Yuka and Mayu, and Lucy sees Kohta on the same set of steps as where they had their final conversation eight years earlier, telling him her true feelings, her remorse, and how she is in love with Kohta. Lucy leaves to face the remaining assault team deployed by the facility; her ultimate fate is unknown.

Characters


  • Lucy (ルーシー Rūshī) is a teenage Diclonius girl around eighteen years old. Lucy has developed strong emotions of hatred and vengeance towards regular humans mainly because of how she was treated by the majority of them as a child, making fun of her horns and giving her insulting nicknames such as freak. She seems to lack empathy, kills without much concern, and acts somewhat sadistically; however, towards the end of the series, she begins to show remorse for her actions, especially towards Kohta.
  • Nyu (にゅう Nyū?) is a split personality of Lucy that developed after a .50 BMG round ricocheted off a metallic helmet encasing her head. Nyu has a childlike personality and infantile knowledge of the world, forgetting even that she is a Diclonius and how to use or manifest her vectors, leaving her as a human with horns. She initially lacks spoken language skills; however, she eventually learns a handful of words and phrases until (in the manga) she can finally speak properly despite the fact she still uses the nonsensical phrase nyu as her catchphrase. Nyu is innocent and incapable of violent acts, a foil to the normally cold and sadistic Lucy; she is the manifestation of her “good side”. Whenever Nyu hits her head or when she is confronted with violence, she reverts to her sadistic side, Lucy. 
  • Kohta (コウタ Kōta?) is around nineteen years old and enters the story when his cousin’s family allows him to move in to their closed-down inn in exchange for maintenance while he goes to a local university. Kohta has repressed traumatic memories of his father’s and sister’s deaths during his childhood at Lucy’s hands. Because of him repressing his memories, Kohta does not remember Lucy from when he met her earlier as a child. Due in part to his loss, he has a soft spot for girls in trouble and is extremely generous and protective to the girls around him. He is more forgiving in the anime, but in the manga when he gets his memories back he truly is unforgiving about Lucy killing his father and sister. Even so, he also remembers the happy memories, and even though she killed his father and sister, he still loves her.
  • Yuka (ユカ ) is Kohta’s cousin. She is about the same age and attends the same university as Kohta (she attends the same class with him, so she should be around nineteen years old as well). She last saw Kohta when they were ten, parting ways with him on the same night in which Lucy killed Kohta’s family, completely oblivious to the events following their last meeting. She moves in with him at the inn after having not seen him in many years. She has had a crush on Kohta since childhood, and is uncomfortable with Nyu’s attachment to him. V

Diclonius

Diclonius, according to the Elfen Lied manga, are an evolutionary branch off of humans. Their bodies are very similar to humans, the only difference being the two horn-like temporal protrusions, which are said to relate to their telekinetic powers (hinted at when Lucy only released two vectors towards several soldiers when one of her two horns was chipped off). In the manga, it is mentioned that Diclonius would fall into a coma if they lose one of their horns, and would never return from their lethargic state if they lose both horns. Lucy’s horns grow back though and manage to recover from this twice. Their powers involve the usage of invisible arms, known as “vectors”. They usually have a limited range of a few meters; Lucy’s are able to extend to two meters in the manga. They also have the ability to detect the location of each other,  such as when Kurama releases Nana from the offshore laboratory to search for and retrieve Lucy.

A key dispute throughout the series is the Diclonius propensity towards violence. Many have a vendetta against humans, and have ambitions to wipe out the human race and populate the world with their own species. Diclonius DNA is transferred to normal humans if the vectors of the Diclonius penetrate them. An incident involving the escape of a child Diclonius during Kurama’s early years where the Diclonius’ vectors penetrated him resulted in Mariko being born a Diclonius, and Kurama takes precautions against a recurrence by attempting to sterilize Bando.

It is disputed and contradicted during the series as to how Diclonius develop this behavior, whether it is part of their personality or whether it stems from abuse by humans, and both conclusions are supported by significant evidence. Kurama explains to Bando that Diclonius are born with the intention of populating the world, and Lucy has implied to be directed by Diclonii instincts when she kills humans.  In the anime’s final episode Lucy tells Kohta that “I was born to destroy humans.” However, it is also shown that the Diclonius have usually been subjected to some type of severe psychological trauma; for example, Lucy was tormented by her human peers and witnessed the killing of her pet as a child, while Mariko was raised in neglect since her birth. They could therefore have developed their homicidal tendencies from abuse.

The researchers at the experimental facility believe the Diclonius to be nothing less than an existential threat. The Diclonius there are kept in isolation; where they are heavily restrained and fed through a tube. Lucy mentions the danger to the human race to Kohta in the final episode: “Given just five years, I can ensure that there are more babies of our kind born in the world than there are normal humans.”

Manga

Written by Lynn Okamoto, Elfen Lied premiered in Japan in Weekly Young Jump magazine in June 2002. New chapters continued to appear in the magazine until August 2005, when the final chapter was published.[13] The series’ 107 chapters were also published in twelve collected volumes by Shueisha from October 2002 through November 2005.

Due to the fact that the manga had not been finished by the time the TV series started airing, the manga and anime show several significant plot differences. While the manga covers 107 chapters, the anime was condensed into thirteen episodes, and director Mamoru Kanbe mentioned that he wanted to feature much more of the original story. The anime series only covers events roughly up to about halfway through the manga storyline, though the anime has its own original ending. As a result, much of the characters’ pasts and many details of their pasts and of the Diclonius that were in the manga do not appear in the anime.

My Rating:  Story 8, artwork 7.5



Aein, The Lover (The Intimate) April 30, 2009

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Sung Hyun Ah (The Scarlet Letter, Cello) her lover has never taken a dangerous risk in her life. She has been for seven years and is going to get married next month. One day she meets a handsome stranger, who asked her to spend one day with him. It might be a mistake to accept his proposal, but over the next day she will experience a level of excitement and intimacy, she has never experienced before, and this could change her life all of sudden.

The nature of liking someone vs. being truly committed in love with another person is explored in this film.

“Aein” in a way reminded me of “Great Expectations” with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, where Paltrow’s character kept playing mind games with Hawke’s character’s emotions, making him think “Does she love me…does she not…why does she keep going back and forth and in-and-out of my life, playing mind games, toying with my emotions, and keep torchering my soul?”

The woman in this film does the same thing to the man who is infatuated with her. The man genuinely wants to love the woman, but every time he attempts to get emotionally closer to her and get more comfortable with her, she puts up a wall, and keeps withdrawing from him. Plus, she keeps playing mind games with him. As for the moments of romantic interlude, the sex scenes are great, and have the right level of erotic charge to keep its viewers interested, as the viewers keep wondering what will ultimately happen between these 2 people.

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This is not your typical love story, and for those of you who have had your hearts broken, stepped on, and trampled upon, this film will resonate with you and generate a feeling of empathy.

But, the bottomline is that this film definitely answers that eternal question of whether or not Korean women (in general) tend to marry men for money/security over that of true love.

Also Known As:
Lover (International: English title)
The Intimate (Singapore: English title)
Cast: Dong-hyuk Jo, Ye-ryeong Kim, Hyeon-a Seong
Genre: Romance
Runtime: 98 min

Source: asianvideoblog

My Rating: 7

Samaritan Girl aka Samaria April 27, 2009

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Plot

Yeo-jin and Jae-yeong are two teenage girls who are trying to earn money for a trip to Europe. To reach this end, Jae-yeong is prostituting herself while Yeo-jin acts as her pimp, setting her up with the clients and staying on guard for the police. Things take a turn for the worse when Yeo-jin gets distracted from her duty and the police raid the motel where Jae-yeong is meeting with a client. To avoid getting caught, Jae-yeong jumps out of a window, fatally injuring herself.

After Jae-yeong’s death, Yeo-jin blames herself and to ease her own conscience, sets to return all of the money they earned to the clients while sleeping with them herself. Eventually Yeo-jin’s father, a policeman, is devastated when he discovers what she is doing. He starts following her discreetly and confronts her clients with escalatingly violent results. On the last time, he ends up brutally killing a client.

For the rest of its duration, the movie follows the father and daughter on a short trip to the countryside, where they both sense something is wrong with the other, but are unable to confront each other directly. In the end, the law catches up with the father, who hopes to have done enough to prepare Yeo-jin for her life without him.

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Reception

As with many other films by Kim Ki-duk, Samaritan Girl was not a box office success in its home country, but was better received overseas. In the film’s first large scale showing it won the Silver Bear, the second place award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004. After this, it became a sought after film for other international film festivals.

Main cast

* Kwak Ji-min – Yeo-jin
* Lee Eol – Yeong-ki (Yeo-jin’s father)
* Han Yeo-reum – Jae-yeong (as Seo Min-jeong)

Review:

Acclaimed Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk filmed Samaritan Girl in between the two films that would bring him international acclaim, Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring and 3-Iron, although this is not really a lesser film in terms of provocative and fascinating subject matter. Although the story is a simple one, the themes run very deep, marrying the occupation of prostitution with religious healing, with sex as a means for bringing happiness to those who partake, as evidenced by the perpetual smile on the young girl’s face for making her men feel joy, if only for a few minutes. Beneath this, it is also a tale of love between two girls, one that feels a higher calling and another that sees the euphemistic blessings as a sin, and also what took her love away. She seeks to reverse the pattern as a way of paying back and washing away the shamefulness of everything that has taken place. The final player in this three-part act is the father that can’t come to terms with his virginal daughter’s innocence given so freely away to men undeserving of such a thing. Although he doesn’t understand Yeo-jin’s motivations, he is also following in her footsteps, doing his own part to see that her deeds are atoned for, only his methods of operation include righteous retribution.

Samaritan Girl isn’t an easy film to understand fully, although I suppose one could watch it as a straight narrative, but that’s probably only seeing half of the full story. Motifs abound, especially of stones and of concrete, and how these can bring life and death in varying ways — a burial marker, a murder weapon, a way to ward off the unwanted, something hard to fall on, a way to get stuck, a way to free oneself, and a way to come into womanhood. At the same time that one may not come away understanding the symbolic significance of things in the film, so too is Samaritan Girl not an easy film to like outright. It deals with subject matter we don’t like to see or know exists in this world, and the way events play out, we grow increasingly sure that there can be no road back to happiness once the domino effect of these disturbing events chain react.

Samaritan Girl is a film that some will not quite feel the impact of until after seeing it, as the images and events of the film settles uneasily in one’s mind in a way that can only be resolved through contemplation and understanding. In the end, it’s about guilt, shame, and forgiveness. Shame for a girl, shame for a family, and as a growing epidemic, a shame for a country. Ultimately, it puts a face on the smiling young girls as sympathetic, putting the blame for this problem on the men that seek to use them, because they do not see how adversely the prostitution effects the lives of these children and their friends and families while in he confines of a hotel room for a few minutes. As Kim may have intentionally set forth in his morality tale, if the men who willingly pay for child prostitutes can see the full picture, as Samaritan Girl painstakingly portrays in its own metaphoric fashion, perhaps the tide can finally be turned on a problem that is currently running rampant in his native country of Korea, and indeed, throughout Asia and the world.

Source: Wikipedia, qwipster

My Rating: 7.5

Nana Mizuki – Shin Ai April 26, 2009

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Opening Song for the anime WHITE ALBUM

yuki ga maichiru yozora
futari yorisoi miageta
tsunagaru te to te no nukumori wa
totemo yasashikatta

Snow scatters into the night sky,
cuddling together, we looked up at it.
The warmth of our joined hands
was so tender.

awai O-RUDOBURU- no kumoma ni kieteyuku deshou
eien e to tsudzuku hazu no ano yakusoku

The faint old blue between the clouds is disappearing,
but that promise of ours should continue towards eternity.

anata no soba ni iru dake de tada sore dake de yokatta
itsuno ma ni ka fukuramu ima ijou no yume ni kidzukazu ni

Being close to you, that alone was what made me happy.
Before I knew it, everything swelled up without realizing that this reality was better than my dream.

donna toki mo doko ni iru toki de mo
tsuyoku tsuyoku dakishimete ite
jounetsu ga nichijou ni somaru toshitemo
anata e no kono omoi wa subete
owari nado nai to shinjiteiru
anata dake zutto mitsumeteiru no

No matter when, no matter where,
just firmly and strongly hold me close to you.
Even if my passion is dyed with the ordinary…
these feelings for you are everything.
I believe nothing can end them,
I’m always looking at you.

kawasu kotoba to jikan sugata wo kaeteiku deshou
shiroi hoho ni toketa sore wa tsuki no namida

This exchange of words and time, is changing our appearance.
Dissipating into your white cheeks are the Tears of the Moon…

“ikanaide, mou sukoshi dake” nando mo iikakete wa
“mata aeru yo ne? kitto” nando mo jibun ni toikakeru

Countless times I say “Don’t go, stay a while longer”
Countless times I ask myself “We’ll meet again right? I’m sure.”

totsuzen hashiridashita
yuku saki no chigu futari mou tomaranai
chinmoku ga souzou wo koehikisaite
hitotsu dake yurusareru negai ga aru nara
“gomenne” to tsutaetai yo

Suddently, I ran out
going ahead our different self, I can’t stop anymore…
My reluctance overcomes, pulls, and shatters my imagination
but if I’m allowed one wish,
I’ll want to say “I’m sorry…”

ikura omotteitemo todokanai
koe ni shinakya ugokidasanakya
kakushita mama no futari no himitsu
kono mama wasurerarete shimau no?
dakara…nee, hayaku ima KOKO ni kite…

No matter how much I think about it…it won’t reach you.
I must call out to you, I must move.
Our secret I continued to hide,
if I continue like this, will I forget it?
That’s why…please hurry and come here…

anata no soba ni iru dake de tada sore dake de yokatta
kondo meguriaetara motto motto waraiaeru kana…

Being close to you, that alone was what made me happy.
If we meet once again, I wonder if we can smile to each other…

donna toki mo doko ni iru toki de mo
tsuyoku tsuyoku dakishimeteite
jounetsu yori ATSUI netsu de tokashite
anata he no kono omoi wa subete
owari nado nai to shiniteiru
anata dake zutto mitsumeteiru no

No matter when, no matter where,
just firmly and strongly hold me close to you.
Rather than my passion, my hot body heat will melt you.
These feelings for you are my everything.
I believe nothing can end them,
I’m always looking at you.

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Suara – Maiochiru Yuki no Youni April 26, 2009

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Ending Song for the anime WHITE ALBUM

shinpai shitemasu samishigari ya no anata
tsuyogaru watashi ga motto motto samishii

I worry of the loner within you…
But the me who is acting strong…is even lonelier…

anata to no omoide no subete wo yuki no youni
masshiro ni somekieshite shimaeba ii to omou keredomo

I thought it would be good if all the memories of you
would pile up and disappear like snow…however

maiochiru watashi no ima shizuka ni tsumori sasayaku
sono kotoba wa mata maiagari KIRA KIRA to furiochiteku
mune no naka de kieru koto wa nai

They fall upon me, quietly piling up and whispering to me.
Those words fly once again and brightly fall down…
They won’t disappear from my heart…

samishii toki ni wa sugu ni ai ni yuku kara
yakusoku wa itsumo kanaerarenai mama

“When you’re lonesome, I’ll instantly come to you.”
That promise still hasn’t been granted…

anata to no omoide ga itsuka wa yuki no youni
atokata mo naku toketeshimaeba ii to omou keredomo

I thought it would be good if all the memories of you
would one day melt without a trace like the snow…however,

maiochiru anata no ima shizuka ni tsumori sasayaku
sono namae wa itsumo itsudemo kokoro yasashiku saseteku
mune no naka de kieru koto wa nai

They fall upon you, quietly piling up and whispering to you.
That name will always, always, make your heart gentle.
It won’t dissappear from your heart…

maiochiru chiisana yume daisuki datta anata no
sono kotoba wa mahou no youni kokoro yasashiku saseteku

Falling is that small dream you loved…
That word, like magic, make your heart gentle.

maiochite toketeku yume wasurerarenai anata no
sono namae wa mahou no youni kokoro setsunaku saseteku
donna toki mo kieru koto wa nai

That dream of yours I don’t want to forget falls and melts,
but that name, like magic, makes my heart painful…
It will never disappear…

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Yuna Ito – Trust You April 26, 2009

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Gundam 00 Second Season ED Version.

Romaji:

Hana wa kaze ni yureodoru you ni
Ame wa daichi wo uruosu you ni
Kono sekai wa yorisoiai ikiteru no ni
Naze hito wa kizutsukeau no?
Naze wakare wa otozureru no?

Kimi ga tooku ni itte mo mada
Itsumo kono kokoro no man’naka
Ano yasashii egao de umetsukusareta mama
Dakishimeta kimi no kakera ni
Itami kanjite mo mada
Tsunagaru kara
Shinjiteru yo
Mata aeru to
I’m waiting for your love

I love you, I trust you
Kimi no kodoku wo wakete hoshii
I love you, I trust you
Hikari demo yami demo
Futari dakara shinjiaeru no
Hanasanaide

Sekai no hate wo dare ga mita no?
Tabi no owari wo dare ga tsugeru no?
Ima wa kotae ga mienakute nagai yoru demo
Shinjita michi wo susunde hoshii
Sono saki ni hikari ga matsu kara

Kimi ga oshiete kureta uta wa
Ima mo kono kokoro no man’naka
Ano yasashii koe to tomo ni hibiiteru
Afureru kimochi no shizuku ga
Atatakaku hoho tsutau
Tsuyoku naru ne
Shinjiteru yo
Tsunagatteru to
I’m always by your side

I love you, I trust you
Kimi no tame ni nagasu namida ga
I love you, I trust you
Ai wo oshiete kureta
Donna ni kimi ga michi ni mayotte mo
Soba ni iru yo

Waiting for your love
Always by your side
You’re the one that I love
You’re the one that I trust
You’re the only one

I love you, I trust you
Kimi no kodoku wo wakete hoshii
I love you, I trust you
Hikari demo yami demo
I love you, I trust you
Kanashimi demo yorokobi demo
I love you, I trust you
Kimi no subete wo mamoritai

Donna ni kimi ga michi ni mayotte mo
Soba ni iru yo
Futari dakara shinjiaeru no
Hanasanaide

Translation:

Flowers sway in the wind as if dancing
So that the rain moistens the earth
Even though this world is alive, coming closer together
Why do people hurt each other?
Why do partings come about?

Even if you go far away
You’re still always right in the middle of my heart
While they remain completely buried by that kind smile
Even if I feel pain
In fragments of you that I held, because we’re still connected
I believe that we can meet again
I’m waiting for your love

I love you, I trust you
I want you to share your loneliness with me
I love you, I trust you
Even in light, even in darkness
Because we’re together, we’re able to believe in each other
Please don’t leave anymore

Who saw the end of the world?
Who announces the end of the journey?
Even though it’s a long night and the answer can’t be seen now,
I want you to move on on the road you believe in
Because from this point forth, the light is waiting for you

Even now, the song you taught me
Still remains within my heart
And echos along with that friendly voice
The overflowing tears of my feeling
Run over my warm cheek
Become strong, ne
Believe!
If we connect with each other
I’m always by your side

I love you
I trust you
The tears I shed are for your sake
I love you
I trust you
You taught me love
I love you
I trust you
No matter if you walk on the wrong path,
I’ll be beside you!

I love you
I trust you
I want you to share your loneliness with me
I love you
I trust you
Even in light, even in darkness
I love you
I trust you
Even in sadness, even in happiness
I love you
I trust you
I want to protect you completely

No matter if you’re walking on the wrong path
I’ll be beside you!
Because we’re together, we’re able to believe in each other
Please don’t leave anymore

Nana Mizuki – BLACK DIAMOND April 26, 2009

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Insert Song for Shugo Chara anime. Vocals: Nana Mizuki as Utau Hoshina. I luv the violin in this song ^^

BLACK DIAMOND (ブラックダイヤモンド)     歌:ブラックダイヤモンズ(水樹奈々 as ほしな歌唄) 作詞:PEACH-PIT、斉藤恵     作曲:伊橋成哉 編曲:上杉洋史

一番のねがいごと 教えて
-あなたのほしいもの-
ボリューム振り切れるほど強く
大きな声で 叫んでみて

太陽が目覚めぬうちに
始めよう 世界は
光につきまとう影と踊る
そう 君の手をとって

さぁ 何が欲しいの?何を求めるの?
集めた輝き その手のひらに 
すべてすくいとる 汚れた夜空に
黒いダイヤモンド ブラックダイヤモンド

震える手で 祈りを捧げて
-アナタノホシイモノ-
意思のない人形のようじゃね
涙だって流せない 

傷ついても 嘘だらけでも
決して 屈しない
本物だけが 輝いている
見えない力に逆らって

さぁ 何が歌うの?何信じるの?
迷っているだけじゃ ガラクタになる
すべてふりきって 歪んだ夜空に
黒いダイヤモンド ブラックダイヤモンド

さぁ 何が欲しいの?何が求めるの?
集めた輝き その手のひらに 
すべてすくいとる ねじれる夜空に
黒いダイヤモンド ブラックダイヤモンド

Burraku Daiamondo
Vocals: Burraku Daiamondozu (Mizuki Nana as Hoshina Utau)

Ichiban no negai goto Oshiete
-Anata no hoshii mono-
Volume furi kireru hodo tsuyoku
Ookina koe de sakende mite

Taiyou ga mezame nu uchi ni
Hajimeyou sekai wa
Hikari ni tsuki matou kage to odoru
Sou Kimi no te o totte

Saa nani ga hoshii no? Nani wo motomeru no?
Atsumeta kagayaki Sono te no hirani
Subete sukui toru Yogoreta yozora ni
Kuroi Diamond Black Diamond

Furueru te de inori o sasagete
-Anata no hoshii mono-
Ishino nai ningyo no you ja ne
Namida datte nagasenai

Kizutsuitemo uso darake demo
Kesshite kutsushinai
Hon mono dake ga kagayaiteiru
Mienai chikara ni sakaratte

Saa nani o utau no? Nani o shinjiru no?
Mayotteru dake ja garakuta ni naru
Subete furi kitte Yuganda yozora ni
Kuroi Diamond Black Diamond

Black Diamond
Vocals: Black Diamonds (Mizuki Nana as Hoshina Utau)
Lyrics: PEACH-PIT, Saitou Satoshi
Composition: Seiya Kenya
Arrangement: Uesugi Hiroshi

Tell me your greatest wish
The thing you desire
Try shouting with a louder voice
As you can feel the earthquake of the volume shaking

While the sun awakens
The world begins
The shadows are hanging onto the dancing light
Yes, I take your hand

What do you want? What do you seek?
The light that gathered in your shining palm
It darkens out the night sky and becomes dirty
The dark diamond, Black diamond

Offering a prayer with trembling hands
The thing you desire
Like a doll that doesn’t have thoughts, isn’t it?
It can’t let tears shed

Even if you’re hurt, even if you’re filled with lies
Make a decision and don’t back away
The only real thing has shone
Turn the invisible strength around

What do you sing? What do you believe?
Let’s just think that all of the shaking
In the warped night sky becomes perplexed
The night’s diamond, Black diamond

What do you want? What do you seek?
The light that gathered in your shining palm
It darkens out the night sky and becomes dirty
The dark diamond, Black diamond

Credit: words of songs