为了这份爱…我们还能做些什么呢?

我在日本的第二天。没什么计划的一天,因为本来的计划就是让今天没计划…这么说会挨打吧?不过说实在的,今天就是那种“做什么都可以,只要是无所事事就好”的一天。话说来到东京旅行却抱着这样的想法,真的没问题吗?

毕竟并没有什么特别的计划,加上今天是星期天,感觉上去到哪里都会是人山人海的吧?想想来到东京,有什么地方我是没有去过的呢?想着,原来我倒还是没去过秋叶原,也就是传说中的宅男圣地!不过也算是动漫迷的朝圣之地啦。不过,对我而言,许许多多的动漫应该都已经变得非常陌生了吧?毕竟最近除了海贼王之外,几乎就没有看其他的动画了。

查看了一下地图与路线,嗯,没问题,离浅草蛮近的。于是,我搭上电车,来到了秋叶原。离开车站,一眼望去似乎到处都是宅男,不然就是游客,哈哈。喂,不可以以貌取人。我漫无目的的逛了几间商场,然后也在附近吃了顿午餐。不过说实在的,秋叶原真的是应有尽有,不该有的也有啊。那里有许多的二手店,贩卖着二手DVD,漫画,游戏光碟,二手动漫玩具等。我还看到有二手性感洋娃娃…那是用过的吗(>…<)?当然还有许多电子用品,动漫周边商品,还有就是女仆咖啡店和动漫主题咖啡店了。主题咖啡店在周末没有预约是绝对进不了的,所以我就找女仆去了…才没有啦,午餐是随便吃了碗乌龙面就解决了。真的,我有收据作证的!相信我!

另外,我还到了秋叶原附近的神田明神神社去参拜。这是一座简单的神社,但是却有着独特的特色,那就是适合秋叶原印象的动漫主题绘马和御守。很难想象神圣的事物会和玩闹的东西连接上来吧?这也是日本的特色之一,总是有这种出其不意的东西会让人会心一笑,也让人感到一丝暖意。参拜完毕,我到隔壁的文化交流馆去参观与买些纪念品。嗯、接下来该做什么呢?今天只想做些不吃力,不需要太多走动的活动呢……

于是,我延续着今天的动漫主题,来到了电影院。索性看一场电影吧!由于突然想起新海诚监督的新作《天気の子》正在上映中,于是我来到了电影院,打算抢鲜看一遍。在电影院前的我徘徊着,挣扎着。为什么呢?因为…没…有…字…幕…啊……字幕版的好像要等到月尾才会有。那看还是不看呢?想了许久,我还是买下了一张戏票。以我对新海诚监督的认识与了解而言,他不是那些会把太过复杂难懂的对白设计在电影内的人。大不了就像傻子一样坐在里面,别人笑你就跟着笑,别人哭你就跟着哭就好了!

话说戏票好贵啊…一张要1900円…看电影的过程其实和我脑海中熟悉的情况没多少落差。来到售票机前,选择介面语言,选择你要看的戏,选择你要的时间,你要的座位,然后就是付款和领取戏票。同样的有售卖爆米花和饮料的柜台,同样的得等到你的影院开放后才得以对号入座,同样的必须看上一大段的广告(不一样的是这里的英文戏都是配音的!狮子王的宣传影片中,动物们都在说日语!感觉就很…怪,哈哈!),最后电影终于发放,然后看完电影后大家把自己的垃圾带到外面去丢弃。

嗯,结果我还真的是哭了。《天気の子》这部电影讲述着离家出走的少年帆高,遇上了拥有能够让天空放晴的超能力少女阳菜。他们之间发生了许多的事情,直到有一天,阳菜因为使用能力过度而“蒸发”到另一个世界去。而帆高为了他们之间的爱,排除万难的把阳菜给救了回来。还是不要剧透太多好了,没看过的朋友就不妨去看一看这部电影吧。

电影有许多让人感动的场景,像是帆高不经意说出自己喜欢雨天而不小心伤了阳菜的心,还有就是他们如何在东京独自生活,为了爱,为了自己,也为了彼此而相依的情节,都让我不自禁的流下眼泪来。这些都是我们能够和故事产生联系的要素,也就是这些要素带动着我们的情绪,让我们投入电影的角色中,让我们的感情随着电影一起波动。有时候,这些不经意的画面勾起了我们那些尘封许久的回忆,让我们再次想起过往,想起一些最重要的小事。

看完电影后,不知道为什么我有着一种空虚的感觉,挥之不去。《天気の子》是一部好电影,那是不争的事实。但是,也许是因为它与上一部作品《君の名は》有着太多相似之处,所以让我有一点失望的感觉吧。两部电影都有着神明,传说,跨越时空等的相似桥段。但是,也许《君の名は》会让人更感动,更有共鸣也说不定,总觉得那段故事写得更有层次,更能让彼此勾起相似的记忆。这让我有些担心,新海诚监督的下一部作品到底会变得如何呢?是不是因为《君の名は》的门栏设得太高了,所以让我对《天気の子》的期待也过高了呢?

无论如何,还是得重申一遍,《天気の子》依然是一部不错的电影,大家还是可以去好好的看一遍的。也许你会认同我所说的,也许你会觉得这部电影更棒也说不定。不过,RADWIMPS的主题歌与电影配乐依然做得非常出色,而且这次的歌词也和电影非常贴切,这也让我格外的喜欢。在这里我就附上电影主题歌的歌词吧,希望你也会喜欢。

为了这份爱……我们还能做些什么?

两手空空来到这世界的我,还在时光的缝隙中痛苦的摸索着
那些已经放弃挣扎的以及那些聪明的人,都在这个胜者的时代里艰难的活着
无论是统治者还是神明大人都做出了一副漠不关心的表情,但他们明明是知道的啊
当勇气、希望、羁绊这些魔法失效时,他们却只是视而不见而已
尽管如此,从那天直到现在都是你在指引我前进的方向
就算我与世界背道而驰,你也一直陪伴在我的身旁

我还能为我们的爱做些什么?我还能为你做些什么?
你给予的这份勇气,我只想为了你而使用
这份与你一起找寻到的爱,如果不是你就毫无意义了
我还能为了我们的爱而做些什么?我还能为了你而做些什么?

难道命运只是摇骰子得出来的东西,还是说得全看神明的心情?
它是被强加的枷锁,还是我们自身绝不动摇的意志?
虽然有些实现不了的愿望与再会,还有那些解不开的误会与仇恨
但也有那些互相谅解的声音以及彼此紧握的双手
这颗星球今天也依旧闪耀着

我还能为我们的爱做些什么?我还能为你做些什么?
你给予的这份勇气,我只想为了你而使用
这份与你一起培育的爱,如果不是你就毫无意义了
我还能为了我们的爱而做些什么?我还能为了你而做些什么?

为何要让一无所有的我们看见梦想呢?
为何要在有限的人生里让我们看到希望呢?
为何总要赐给我们一些抓不住的东西呢?
但仍想紧紧抓着它的我们,看起来是否很丑陋?还是说很美呢?
神明啊,回答我吧!

情歌早已被唱完了,那些情话也早已在电影里被说尽了
就算是出生在这片荒野中的你和我,果然也……

还是有我能够为爱而付出的事
还是有我想要为了你而做的事

Let’s Talk A Little About Makoto Shinkai

Disclaimer: This is a non-photography related post.

Recently, the release of a new anime movie titled “Kimi no Na Wa” (Your Name) has stormed the world with great reviews and everyone was talking about it. I watched the movie myself and I couldn’t agree more. This is a movie from Makoto Shinkai, a film director and former graphic designer, an extremely talented creative artist.

I’ve enjoyed his movie since the early days. I can still recall the first movie I watched from him was “Hoshi no Koe” (Voices of a Distant Star), a story about love and distance between the young couple who were separated light years apart. Although the graphic of this anime is not that pretty, the meaning and the story behind was indeed meaningful and touching. If you are in a long distance relationship while watching this, you will sure feel the pain and roll your tears. This movie has marked his name in my heart ever since.

Later on, Makoto Shinkai released another movie titled “Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho” (The Place Promised in Our Early Days). This is another love story with some sci-fi essence in it. The story revolves around the mystery between the tower built on their homeland and the lady who was loved by these two young gentlemen, about their dreams and their love story. It’s a rather slow paced movie which you need to slowly indulge in it to dig in the feeling and atmosphere. Graphics are certainly much better than the previous movie, and you can slowly see the style and signature of Makoto Shinkai all over the movie.

The next movie released from his production is a short movie titled “Byousoku 5 Senchimetoru” (5 centimetre per second). This is probably the movie that signifies the breakthrough of his graphical production as every scene of the movie is just so well illustrated and perfectly executed. This movie consist of three short stories that talk about the love story between a childhood couple, how they endured the pain of long distance relation, and how their relation changed as they were further apart and as they grew older. It’s a very sad and painful story, but yet they are so true and they feel so close and so real. This is the “magic” that Makoto Shinkai managed to evoke in his movie. A sense of connection to the viewer where we can really understand and relate the story to our memories in our life. I have watched this movie for countless time, and I can’t help but to cry every time I watched it.

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo” (Children Who Chases Lost Voices from Deep Below) is probably a movie with least of Makoto Shinkai’s signature. To me it’s more like a Studio Ghibli kinda movie production. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a good movie. It is a very nice movie of its own. It’s a story about an adventure that this young lady embarked on in search of solving the mystery of the sounds and voices she heard. There are some very nice meaning behind the story which will make you feel heart warming and touching at the same time.

The next production from Makoto Shinkai was “Kotonoha no Niwa” (The Gardens of Words). This time around, he is backed to his signature love story with beautiful graphics and soundtracks that simply touches the deepest memory and feeling in your heart. This is a story about a young man, an aspiring shoemaker, who happened to meet this lady in the garden during the rainy season. Soon, they are meeting each other more often but when the rainy season is over, their relation was put to the real test. A very nice movie indeed.

Last but not least, “Kimi no Na Wa” (Your Name) was released this year and this movie has marked a new milestone for Makoto Shinkai in many respects. To me, this is probably the essence of all the greatness of Makoto Shinkai and Japanese Anime concentrated into one perfectly executed movie. This is a story about two teenagers who had their body “swapped” from time to time. They didn’t know why this happened, but when they do, they realized that their fate and their love were in real test and danger. Again, superb graphics and soundtrack as you would expect from any of Makoto Shinkai’s film. However, this time around more story elements had been added into the movie which provides a greater perspective and broader meaning and message to the viewers. Hence, the great success it achieved.

So what is the “signature” of Makoto Shinkai you may asked? Well, to me here are some of the reasons why I loved the movie he produced thus far. But this is just me, others may felt differently and it’s totally okay.

  • Scene are often taken from real life location which makes you feel “closer” when you have been to those places before, or during your next visit to those places
  • Timeline of the story is usually “current date” with a twist of fantasy in it, it makes you feel real and surreal at the same time
  • Love story portrayed by him was usually very lovely, but at the same time it came with a splash of sadness, which is probably what we all had been through in our real life
  • Story telling through scenes and background musics which pulls you into his world
  • There’re always some room left for your own imagination
  • Stories and scenes extracted from daily life which echoes and resonates with our memories, giving you more engagement with his movie

Other than animation movie, Makoto Shinkai also get himself involved in various projects such as music video production, script writing, short video creation for other media such as game or TV commercial and so on. Do check out his other works. I’m looking forward to the next production from Makoto Shinkai and hopefully it will not disappoint me. Till then.