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    The Hunger Games Gala Premiere

    The Hunger Games Gala Premiere

    Yes thanks to Raymond, we’d got to attend the gala premiere of the highly anticipated ‘The Hunger Games’.

    Opening on March 22, 2012 in Singapore, this novel based film has been widely promoted ever since end of last year due to the success of the novel. As this film has yet to be shown in other countries, security was high when we attended the premiere and we were requested to deposit our mobiles and mp3s to the security counters.

    Apparently, all the halls in The Cathay were for the screening and this time we got to watch in a hall that we have yet to watch in…

    Starting off with the introductory explanation of the story involving the betrayal of the 12 districts, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) bravely replaced her 12 year old sister, Prim, and joined fellow District 12 mate, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in the Battle Royale type of tournament.

    The duo was to equip themselves with essential skills under the mentor-ship of former District 12’s winner Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) in the Capitol, while obtaining ‘sponsors’ for life-saving materials that were used in the Game. After a series of combat practices, media and sponsorship campaigns, the 24 youths set off for battle in a technologically manipulated arena, where Everdeen experienced danger, fear, betrayal and helplessness.

    An unexpected twist in the game had given hope but that was quickly taken away when it boiled down to Everdeen and Mellark. However, the quick thinking of Everdeen had changed things, resulted in the implied death of game master and eventually brought them home…

    My few cents on this movie was a combination of ideas from Japanese manga, Kaiji and novel, The Incite Mill.

    The auditorium of people attracted to the display of gladiatorial killings is akin to those rich and influential willing their time away by watching others fighting for survival in Kaiji and The Incite Mill. Dressed in flamboyant costumes, loud makeups and hairdos, the citizens in the Capitol do give me the idea of restlessness and that pleasure can only be obtained from the annual battle.

    Despite the similarity in some of the ideas, the story is nevertheless an interesting and thoughtful one as it explores on various issues dealing on imperialism, brutal violence in a highly competitive society and the inequality in treatment of the different social classes.

    I guess I will be seeing myself picking up the novel perhaps after the end of my examinations…


    Kaiji 2 – belated post

    Kaiji 2 - belated post

    Opps just realised that I have forgotten to blog about my star gazing moment at the Singapore Gala Premiere of Kaiji 2 on 11 Nov 2011 with dear Fujiwara Tatsuya (藤原竜也) making his appearance in Singapore’s Nex Shopping Mall and The Grand Cathay.

    Before I share some photo action, let me recap on the movie.

    Kaiji was in debt again despite erasing all of his previous debts by successfully navigating through death-defying games one after the other. Now he gets to redeem himself of his 200 mllion Yen debt in only 2 weeks.

    Kaji then challenges an impressive pachinko machine, The Swamp” with its the top winning payout being over 1 billion Yen. As usual “The Swamp” is located in an illegal casino, controlled by Teai(the same corporation as before). Meanwhile, Seiya Ichizo, in charged of casino, was another one who has successfully crossed the bridge and redeemed himself to the top of Teai. Using various means, he controls the machine to ensure the machine never pays out the jackpot. However with the help of Yumi Ishida, daughter of the father killed in first movie, Kotaro Sakazaki, a fired employee of Teai and Yukio Tonegawa, who lost his position at the hands of Teai, Kaiji managed to take down “The Swamp” after much tensed moments…

    Unlike the first movie, I find this one less ‘dark’ and sadly the games they played were similar to the first movie. Despite so, I have enjoyed myself in the premiere and there are some tensed moments that really made me worry for them. Well the xxxth times of betrayal by Yumi Ishida do make me wonder if one does need to be betrayed so many times before you can receive the trust of another.. The entire movie experience was also enhanced by the 15minutes appearance of Fujiwara san in the threater hall itself, too bad he didn’t stay to watch with us. Well I guessed he must have watched million times and well this time can be used to explore Singapore instead. Oh yeah in the 3 interviews he had given in Singapore, he did mention trying out the bungee at Boat Quay or was it Clarke Quay… Also he visited Little India I believe… Oh yeah he brought with him his Japanese fans for the premiere – I wonder how did they manage to be so lucky!

    Ok below are some of the pictures that I have managed to take despite the crowd and me being so short…

    New Year’s Eve & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    New Year's Eve & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Today I had indulged in a little movie marathon – New Year’s Eve & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

    New Year’s Eve @ @

    Well it has been up since 7 Dec if I’m not wrong. I was attracted by the cast – well that’s the selling point isn’t it.. and realised it was by the director of Valentine’s Day hence the identical multiple stories method. I have wanted to watch it for long but then R-T gave a rather bad review …

    By then my friend caught it and said it’s not bad hence today my little indulgence.

    The movie, was generally light hearted, humorous at some point of time. However, it also told me what the ending of a year is about, how one should ponder and reflect on the year’s events, actions, how to make amendments perhaps. The story that touches my heart most was how the father passed away  after watching the drop with his loved one, despite what was implied as a bad father?, well one who drove away all those that had cared for him…

    There was a story on the nurse with her beloved who was in military. I guess this is to reach out to those whose beloved are out there dealing in dangerous positions.

    Similar to Vday, there’s no favourite story for me. Despite so, the movie as a whole is interesting, most importantly, it did touch my heart.


    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows @ @

    A sequel to the first movie, we now knew that Prof Moriarty was the man with interesting gear, the employer of Adler. Despite the sneaks seen from VIP access and the first movie, the movie continued to stun me with their way of filming – the slow motions, the logic of Holmes ‘foreseeing consequences’.

    Overall the movie is as interesting as it should be, the sarcasm, the funny moments, the actions and the battle of wits.

    If possible, I do wish for a third movie.

    Rewatching 容疑者Xの献身?

    My second time watching and once again it left me in obvious sadness and non stopped flowing streams of tears.

    Rereading my previous entry, I’d guessed I have pretty much summarized the reasons for sadness.

    I guess his life was already theirs, the moment a simple 挨拶 was paid to your neighbor, saving him from despair with a touch of warmth. I don’t hope for similarities in my life… Well maybe just a little bit… A tiny hope that I’m not that alone.

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 spy film, and the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, and is director Brad Bird’s first live-action film. Ghost Protocol was written by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, and produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams (director of the third film) and Bryan Burk. It is the first Mission: Impossible film not produced by Paula Wagner, and the first of the series to be partially filmed using IMAX cameras. The film is scheduled for general release in North America on December 21, 2011. It has received high critical acclaim since its original release. wikipedia

    I must say I am freaking glad to have watched this today despite being forced to sit at 2nd front row.

    As a first time Mission Impossible watcher, I am seriously blown away by all the action, the appropriate humor and more importantly realizing that Tom Cruise did really scale the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, which is the tallest building in the world, without the use of a stunt double!

    There were times that I was sweating for  Ethan Hunt and that was while eating my popcorn and drinking my drink!

    According to wiki sourcesIn a recent interview it was revealed that Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Brad Bird are all interested in returning for a fifth Mission: Impossible film

    I cant wait for it!

    (I look at my iphone and ponder why mine and theirs are so different. oops)

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