Kisaragi (JPN, 2007)

While browsing streaming sites on the net, I stumbled upon this movie on VIKI.com. Kisaragi is a movie about five Kisaragi Miki’s fans ~ a D-rated idol ~ who finally decided to meet and commemorate the first anniversary of her death. Hm, sounds quirky, eh? With the premise combined with casts like Shun Oguri and Teruyuki Kagawa, I decided to watch it. Here is my review.

Synopsis

Iemoto (Shun Oguri) is excited to have a meeting with other fans of Kisaragi Miki, an idol who died of suicide exactly a year ago. To commemorate her death and to treasure her works, he invited four other fans: Yasuo (Muga Tsukaji), Snake (Keisuke Koide), Oda Yuji (Yusuke Santamaria), and Ichigo Musume (Teruyuki Kagawa). It should have been a casual meeting with lots of Iemoto’s rare collection of Miki to be shown off. However, it became a meeting with lots of secret revealing, including about how Miki died…

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Personal Review

This movie is dialogue driven and that’s its own charm, so you’ve better not losing your focus. Set in one room and finish in one day time line, all scenes flow continuosly while revealing the secrets of Miki’s death that each Miki’s fans hold. It was entertaining to keep guessing until the very end of their meeting.

However, don’t take the movie as a serious detective story because the ending can be unsatisfying for some, hehe. I also don’t like the inconsistency of Miki’s feeling (told by his fans) about her final work. I guess it maybe necessary to tone down the story, but it ruins her character that is already built until her death.

Personal Favorites

The final secret that related to Iemoto, wew, I didn’t see it coming. And when everybody were sure about it, it’s very touching. T.T

And for anyone who also likes Odoru Daisousasen, it is fun to have comedic lines about Oda Yuji and Santamaria’s character who uses his name in this movie (fyi, both actors starred Odoru Daisousasen).

Personal Rating: 3, 0* out of 5.0*

Interesting to watch for its story development, connection of the characters, and balance of scene switches between the present and the reenactment of each fan memories (and theories!!) about Miki. But the ending is a bit of anti climax (prepare yourself for Miki’s song :D). A good sitcom-mystery for lazy afternoon; it made you think with no head ache as side effects.

Warning:

While there are no bloody violence and s*x scene, there are some materials that are suitable for adults like someone give permission to kill for revenge, chasing someone with a knife, women in bikinis, and partial nud*ty in photobook (only bare back is seen).

Rating info:

5.0            = Definitely must watch.
4.0 – 4.9 = Highly recommended.
3.0 – 3.9 = Interesting to watch.
2.0 – 2.9 = Try to watch it on your own risk.
1.0 – 1.9  = Zzz…

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