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Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English TV Shows

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Television shows dominate every last Thursday of the month, with this month’s theme being non-English TV shows. The only non-English TV shows that I usually watch are East Asian shows, with all my picks coming from Japan. Here are my picks this week.

Liar Game – Liar Game can be classified as a psychological thriller. Random people are selected all over Japan to participate in a game and are given a sum of money as their playing chip. If they lose the game, they immediately owe the game dealer the money he gave, and if they win, they get everyone else’s money. In the current round, the company has chosen a na├»ve, good-natured girl to participate. In order to go debt-free, she enlists the help of a master manipulator (I forgot what he does), thus entering him in the game. I don’t think I’m explaining this show pretty well, but you win the game if you're the best liar. Unfortunately, this game tests the human conscience and ethics – if you’re willing to edge everyone out to win a huge sum of money, or get out of the game scathe-free. The game is pretty simple (it’s a voting game) but it’s exciting to watch events unfold – the trickery, the manipulation, and the results. The acting of some of the characters is on the extreme theatrical side, but it doesn’t deter from the amazingness that is this show. It has three seasons and two movies, I think so it’s safe to assume that this was pretty big in Japan. 

Atami No Sousakan – This one is on the paranormal side. Four high school students suddenly disappear but only one comes back. That person doesn’t remember where she has been, what happened to her, and what happened to the three other girls. Two detectives were sent to investigate, and by the way the people were behaving, they knew something was strange in the town. The show left me stumped by the way it ended, and how it ended made the whole show seem more chilling that it already was. 

My Boss, My Hero – Now on a fun, light-hearted side of Japanese television. This has a mafia boss going back to school because he has failed to finish his studies. In order to become the heir of the mafia, he just had to finish school. This was hilarious, made in part by the actor who played the main role. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this, but I’ve always related this show with custard pudding, as the food is one of the running sequences of the show.

Comments

  1. I haven't seen any of these. This was a hard week.

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    1. It's okay. I've had hard weeks as well.

      Fun fact about me: I got into non-English TV shows first before watching movies, although beyond Asian TV shows I haven't watched others. Japanese shows are easier to binge watch because they only consist of ten episodes and barely gets a second season.

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    2. At least for Japanese language ones...I was the same too in that I started watching Japanese TV series before watching a Japanese movie.

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  2. Extremely difficult week for me. I've got nothing for this topic.

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    1. Some weeks are hard for me as well, so it's okay :)

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  3. I suck this week. I haven't seen any of these and the first one does not appeal to me at all.

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    1. I think Liar Game isn't for everybody. It's a bit over the top, especially the reactions of the players when they think they've outsmarted everyone but end up losing the round.

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  4. I haven't seen or heard of any of these but Liar Game sounds interesting.

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    1. It's one of my favorite Japanese shows; I was quite invested in it, even if the seasons are a bit repetitive (it's a voting process throughout), although the new techniques and new people make up for it.

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  5. Atami No Sousakan sounds good but creepy. I like the sound of My Boss My Hero - always goood to have a comedy on the sde of something serious

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    1. It is very creepy. The way the show ended baffled me in a way that I didn't expect it to happen.

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