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Dr. Romantic: Doctor's Principles and Saving Lives as a Form of Revenge

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  Due to the hospital prioritizing to treat a patient with higher social status, a boy from poor family lost his father. The bitterness from losing his father turned into ambition when a doctor reprimanded about his misdirected hatred.  “Isn’t the best revenge,” the doctor said, “is proving that you are not the same people as they are?” Holding onto those words, KANG DONG-JOO worked his ass off to become the top medicine student, enter the best hospital in the country, and get to be the best doctor anyone has ever seen. But the world is not that easy nor that kind. Due to his temper, less favourable background, and a certain lack of judgement, instead of becoming the best doctor, Dong-joo was kicked out to a countryside hospital that he had never heard of before: Doldam Hospital.  Located on the mountain with lack of proper facilities and workers, Dong-joo found himself in a predicament. He was determined to go back as soon as possible to his previous workplace, but Doldam Hospita

Ice Princess (2005): Of Pursuing a New Dream, Repairing Connections, and Taking the Wheel for Your Own Lives

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Movie poster Ice Princess (2015). Nerdy Casey Carlyle has no dream of her own, but her mother has one. She wants Casey to get into Harvard and become a female scientist, breaking gender norm and proving to other people that girls are not all make up and flirting with boys. But then Casey gets an opportunity to train with Gen, a figure skating athlete who spends her whole life also trying to realize her mother's dream. Both girls are so different, but unexpectedly, they are also a lot more similar than they thought they were.  While Casey falls in love with figure skating and deals with her unsupportive mother, Gen is trying to stand up for herself and making a life of her own--one that doesn't include figure skating. Ice Princess  is a story of how dreams can both connect and break people's relationships. It is a heartfelt movie that tells us the story of friendship, perseverance, and the complicated bond of mother and daughter. I love how relatable the characters are.  Bot

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Gratitude, Positive Thinking, and Surrounding Yourself with Loved Ones

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Alexander's family does not believe in bad days. They are convinced that every day has some good in it—all they have to do is to find it. Every night, while having dinner together, each of the family's members will share positive things that happened to them that day.  Unfortunately for Alex, he rarely has any to boast about. So on the night of his birthday, he makes a wish upon the candle, praying for his family to experience one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And when morning comes, his wish comes true. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a family comedy movie that I watched in one of my insomnia-filled nights.  The story is very light-hearted and uplifting as Alexander's family gives their best effort to support each other even amidst the chaos that Alexander's wish brings upon them.  From the baby seemingly ruins the father's job interview, the mother's not-going-according-to-plan company event, the brother getting dum

Review Movie: BAKUMAN.

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I've been a fan of DEATH NOTE since middle school, and when I knew Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi had made  another series together, I had meant to check it out.  And so I did.  I finished reading all volumes of BAKUMAN  in high school and since then have re-read the series time to time. I really love it.  I decided not to watch the anime (well, actually I did watch the first couple episodes, but then dropped it halfway through because I personally like the manga better), but when it was announced that there would be a live action adaptation of BAKUMAN, with one of my favourite actor starring in it, I knew I couldn't pass that one. Before writing this blog entry, I have watched the BAKUMAN live action twice. I watched it for the third time to make sure that I still remember all the interesting things. BAKUMAN is a story about two high school students, Mashiro and Takagi. Mashiro's uncle had been a mangaka (manga writer), but died from

Review Drama: Descendants of the Sun

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Dimulai dari sebuah kecelakaan yang melibatkan seorang pencopet, anggota Special Forces (Pasukan Khusus) Militer Korea, Yoo Shi Jin, bertemu dengan seorang dokter bedah super sibuk Kang Mo Yeon. Call it love at the first sight ; romansa terbentuk di antara mereka berdua. Namun tuntutan pekerjaan membuat Yoo Shi Jin menjadi sosok yang misterius dan seringkali terpaksa pergi di tengah acara kencan mereka berdua. Hal itu membuat Kang Mo Yeon memutuskan untuk mengakhiri hubungan mereka. Beberapa waktu kemudian, sebuah insiden dengan kepala rumah sakit tempatnya bekerja membuat Kang Mo Yeon dikirim paksa ke sebuah misi sukarela ( notice the pun? ) ke sebuah negeri bernama Uruk. Di sana, secara mengejutkan, ia kembali dipertemukan dengan Yoo Shi Jin yang bekerja bersama Pasukan Penjaga Perdamaian PBB. Apakah takdir berusaha untuk tetap menyatukan mereka? Descendants of the Sun sempat menjadi drama paling populer Korea di tahun 2016. Gabungan antara romansa, komedi, dan action

Review Drama: HAMMER SESSION!

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DESCRIPTION: Title: HAMMER SESSION! ( ハンマーセッション !) Genre: School Episodes: 11 Viewership rating: 6.95% Broadcast network: TBS Broadcast period: 2010-Jul-10 to 2010-Sep-18 Air time: Saturday 20:00 Theme song: Liar by SPYAIR Casts: Hayami Mokomichi (Hachisuka Goro), Shida Mirai (Tachibana Kaede), Higa Manami (Mizuki Ryoko), Ishiguro Hideo (Shiba Yuusei) Original writing: Manga HAMMER SESSION! By Namoshiro Tanahashi Screenwriter: Takahashi Maki, Kanazawa Tatsuya Producer: Sato Tsuyoshi, Sato Yoshihiro Director: Aso Manabu, Nakamae Yuji, Kimura Hisashi Music: Yokoyama Masaru Polisi telah berhasil meringkus penipu dan pencuri kelas kakap, Otowa No. 4. Namun di tengah perjalanan menuju penjara, sebuah insiden terjadi yang mengakibatkan Otowa No. 4 dan seorang mafia berhasil melarikan diri ke sebuah sekolah di mana seorang calon guru yang takut menghadapi pekerjaan barunya sedang berusaha membakar gedung sekolah itu. Untungnya, aksi tersebut digagalkan oleh Oto

Review Movie: Documentary of AKB48 - No Flower without Rain

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DESCRIPTION: Title: Documentary of AKB48 – No Flower without Rain ( Shoujotachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani o Miru? ) Director: Takahashi Eiki Producer: Kubota Yasushi, Niizaka Junichi, Akimoto Shinsuke, Kitagawa Kenji, Yoshida Ritsu Casts: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48, SNH48, Maeda Atsuko Narrator: Ito Ayumi Music: Otsubo Hitoro Theme song: “After Rain” / AKB48 Production company: AKS, Toho, Akimoto Yasushi Jimusho, North River, NHK Enterprise Distributor: Toho Date release: February 1, 2013 Duration: 127 minutes Country: Japan Language: Japanese     “The pain inside the members who stand here [as center] is something that only that person can understand.” —Maeda Atsuko Tahun 2012 adalah tahun yang penuh kenangan bagi semua member AKB48. Pada tahun itulah, sebuah mimpi tercapai, sejumlah perjalanan diakhiri, sebuah perubahan dimulai, dan lebih banyak tanggung jawab diperkenalkan. Bagi para pioneer dari generasi awal AKB48, grup yang telah merek

Review Movie: Ore Monogatari (Live Action)

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DESCRIPTION: Type: Live action movie Title: 俺物語!! Director: Kawai Hayato Original creator: Kawahara Kazune, Aruko, Nogi Akiko Producer: Kadoya Daisuke, Tanaka Tadashi, Yamamoto Akira Cinematographer: Adachi Masato Release date: October 31, 2015 Duration: 105 min. Genre: Romance, school life, comedy Distributor: Toho Language: Japan Country: Japan Meski dikagumi oleh semua murid laki-laki di sekolahnya, Goda Takeo (diperankan oleh Suzuki Ryohei ) tidak pernah menarik perhatian perempuan. Semua gadis selalu berpaling pada sahabat dan teman sedari kecilnya, Sunakawa Makoto (diperankan oleh Sakaguchi Kentaro ), yang tampan dan cerdas. Keberadaan Makoto di sisinya membuat eksistensi Takeo sering diabaikan oleh orang-orang sekitar. Bahkan ketika Takeo menolong seorang anak kecil yang hampir tenggelam di sungai, yang mendapatkan ucapan terimakasih justru malah Makoto. Meski begitu, Takeo tidak pernah merasa iri atau dendam kepada sahabatnya tersebut. Mereka

Review Drama: Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto (A Girl & Three Sweethearts)

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DESCRIPTION: Title:  好きな人がいること Type: Drama Number of episodes: 10 Broadcast period: 2016.07.11 - 2016.09.19 Network: Fuji TV Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family Theme song: JY - Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto Yang paling dicintai Sakurai Misaki adalah kue, dan menjadi seorang patissier telah menjadi impiannya seumur hidup. Ia bekerja di sebuah toko kue di Tokyo, benar-benar memusatkan seluruh tenaga dan pikirannya untuk menjadi yang terbaik, hingga tiba-tiba, toko kue tersebut terpaksa memecatnya dengan alasan tidak lagi membutuhkan seorang patissier . Usaha Misaki untuk mencari pekerjaan di tempat lain gagal, hingga datanglah sebuah kebetulan mengejutkan: cinta pertamanya semasa sekolah ( Shibasaki Chiaki ) menawarinya untuk bekerja selama musim panas di restoran milik keluarganya! Tergugah oleh tawaran menggiurkan itu, Misaki melalui perjalanan dari kota metropolitan Tokyo hingga ke daerah pedesaan Shonan, berharap bisa meraih kisah cinta yang telah ditelantarkannya

Review Anime: Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder

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DESCRIPTION: Title: Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder ( 黒執事・殺人の書 ) Type: OVA, Manga Adaptation Date released: OVA 1st Volume on October 25, 2014. OVA 2nd Volume on November 15, 2014. DVD 1st Volume on January 28, 2015. DVD 2nd Volume on February 25, 2015. Original creator: Yana Toboso Animation Production: A-1 Pictures Inc. Pada awal musim semi tahun 1889, beberapa waktu berselang usai kasus penculikan anak-anak oleh sebuah kelompok sirkus ( Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus ), Ciel Phantomhive menerima perintah dari Ratu Victoria untuk menyambut kedatangan seorang tamu penting. Meski semula sempat menolak, Ciel akhirnya menerima misi tersebut dan mulai merancang sebuah pesta yang dihadiri oleh banyak tamu penting, termasuk bangsawan, pedagang kaya raya, aktris dan sutradara ternama, dan seorang penulis yang kariernya tengah tersendat, Arthur Conan Doyle . Namun di malam pesta tersebut, tiba-tiba salah satu tamunya ditemukan tewas, dan Ciel, sebagai satu-satunya yang tid

Review Movie: Kimi no Na wa (2016)

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Sebelum saya menonton film ini, saya telah menyiapkan mental; bukan sebagai seorang penggemar dan pengagum dari sebagian besar buah karya Makoto Shinkai- san , akan tetapi sebagai seorang penulis yang ingin mempelajari dan menganalisa plot dari sebuah film dengan ekspektasi besar. Sebelum musik dimulai dan layar mulai menampilkan gambar, di tangan saya telah tergenggam pena dan kertas, siap untuk mencatat hal-hal penting yang kiranya layak saya jadikan panduan. Saya telah siap. Saya telah siap untuk menghadapi setiap plot twist , setiap character development , setiap detail dari film ini. Namun beberapa menit setelah Kimi no Na wa dimulai—baru beberapa menit saja—pena dan kertas telah saya tinggalkan. Mental saya ternyata tak sesiap yang saya inginkan. Tekad untuk menganalisa dibuyarkan dengan begitu mudahnya. From the beginning of this movie, I had already been blown away .