Title: Kagen no Tsuki
Also known as: Last Quarter
Release date: 2004
Genre: Supernatural romance
Cast: Kuriyama Chiaki, Narimiya Hiroki, Kurokawa Tomoka, Ochiai Motoki, Hyde
Plot: As Mizuki (Kuriyama) turns 19, she finds out that her boyfriend, Tomoki (Narimiya), has been cheating on her. Running away from her heartache, she comes upon an abandoned estate. Inside she finds a mysterious guitar player named Adam (Hyde), who claims to know her. During the last quarter of the moon, Adam tells Mizuki that he must leave. Desperate to stay with him, Mizuki races to find him, only to be hit by a car. Two schoolchildren (Kurokawa and Ochiai) soon find the estate with a mysterious girl who cannot leave. What is the connection between the house, Adam, and Mizuki?
What is good: Kuriyama is a very good actress.
What is bad: The story dragged a lot.
Letter rating: C
Overall: I mostly rented this movie because Hyde is in it. I didn’t realize that both Kuriyama and Narimiya were in it as well. Despite all of the talent in the film, it was still very difficult to watch. The pacing was extremely slow. It takes a long time for the characters to come to relatively easy conclusions and some things that don’t need to explained are over explained. If you are a fan of the actors, it’s a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Otherwise, feel free to overlook this without a second thought.
Tag Archive: Kurokawa Tomoka
Title: Kagen no Tsuki
Title: Meitantei Conan: Kudo Shinichi he no Chosenjo
Also known as: Detective Conan: Kudo Shinichi’s Written Challenge
Broadcast date: 10/2/06
Genre: Detective Drama
Cast: Oguri Shun, Kurokawa Tomoka, Jinnai Takanori, Iwasa Mayuko
Plot: Kudo Shinichi is a famous high school detective. Just before his class trip, he receives a challenge letter. A kidnapper will abduct one of his classmates unless Shinichi can stop him!
What is good: The mysteries are actually pretty difficult.
What is bad: Unless you are a Detective Conan fan, this will probably be rather boring for you.
Overall rating: C+
Overall: I usually get a lot of enjoyment out of detective series. As long as the detectives aren’t completely moronic and the cases aren’t extremely easy, I’ll be there every step of the way. However, I found this 10th anniversary of the Detective Conan series completely boring. The actors were good depictions of their anime counterparts. Even though I never watched the anime past a couple of episodes, I could easily identify each character. There was just nothing there to give it that extra ‘oomph.’ Shinichi seemed to be walking through the mysteries despite the fact that he was having trouble solving them. It would have been nice if there was a little more personality for each of the characters. Especially since, in the overall timeline, this special takes place before the anime series actually starts. There is another special coming out next year. Hopefully the characters will be a little more three-dimensional.