Yesterday my grade 9 students were going through the photos on my phone and came across this one. “What’s this?” They asked. I replied, “I love Ikuta Toma!” This got them very very excited indeed. Which in turn got me very excited.
One of my students has already seen Ningen Shikkaku, or “No Longer Human” which is Toma’s latest (well, first) film. It has only just been released. I can’t wait to see it, even if I don’t understand a thing.
The movie is based on a novel by Dazai Osamu and is about someone who is troubled and feels like he can’t reveal his true self to others. He puts on a playful facade, while slowly travelling down a road of self destruction. It is said to be almost autobiographical of Dazai’s life.
To be honest it isn’t the type of story I am normally interested in, but I’m glad Ikuta is getting “serious” roles. I am looking forward to seeing this movie, hopefully next week!
As for this photo, it is of Ikuta Toma on the cover of all Dazai’s books. I actually want to buy the photo book for the movie but my book store (named “Happy Books”) didn’t have it I might order it off Amazon.
Here’s the 2 minute trailer:
Merry Christmas from ME! I have taken 5 paid holidays and added them together with holidays I already get, to create just under three weeks holidays. Woo! I’m going away for Christmas and still haven’t decided what I’m doing for new years. I hope everyone has a fantastic ChristmasRead More
Most of the new dramas airing next season have now been announced and it’s that time where I can’t wait for the new season to begin! Here I will highlight some of the ones I’m looking forward to or at least have some curiosity in.
I’m Liking The Sound Of…
- Atashinchi no Danshi
- Hyoryu Net Cafe
Horikita Maki‘s character marries a man who offers to pay off her debts that her father made, and moves into an eccentric family. I think (hope) this will be quirky and fun, and there are lots of well know guys in it: Kaname Jun, Okada Yoshinori, Mukai Osamu, and Yamamoto Yusuke have been announced so far.
Toki Koichi leads a pretty dull life. Until he meets his first love again in an internet cafe. Suddenly something happens with the electricity and he and everyone else get stuck in the cafe which has become a strange universe… or something. Perhaps it’ll be something like Long Love Letter, the drifting classroom drama. Stars Ito Atsushi who I hope wont be doing another Densha Otoko take with his character.
Also staring Asami Reina, and KIKI
Hmmmm? Dunno…Read More
On our first day in Japan we ate some sukiya for breakfast and headed down (up? across? over?) to Osaka Jo.
It’s a great walk to Osaka Jo. We came in from the west entry. The moat was beatiful, some was water, some grass.
Osaka Castle is really stunning from the outside. Inside is a museum and on the top floor you get a 360 degree view of Osaka. There is an elevator to get to the top, however I walked up the stairs (exercise is good!). The view up the top is worth the climb.Read More
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In this episode a man collapses in the street with his grocery shopping. He has somehow been electrocuted. His wife worries that he died hating her. Meanwhile, our gang seems to be into food and cooking and their antics revolve around getting Kanako to cook something.