WTF ASIA: Memories of Matsuko AKA Ankai's Favorite Movie

Ever since I saw this movie in June of 2011, it has been my favorite movie. I had known nothing of this movie when I searched for it other than there was a Bonnie Pink song in it, but I am so glad that I watched it. And watched it again. Other movies may be much better. Other movies may be a little less problematic involving its presentation of its protagonist or the treatment of its subject matter. Yet, this is my favorite movie. This is a story about the life of a troubled woman desperately searching for love, and of the misery, neglect, and abuse that she endures in order to maintain the feeling of being in love until she is found murdered. And it is a musical. WTF: ASIA presents my favorite movie: Memories of Matsuko.

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The movie is available to watch here:

I don’t know what else I can say. Maybe I will have a little more later on, but I think that I have said all that I could. It was extremely difficult for me to articulate my feelings about it, but I have tried for over six pages worth of a Word document. While I know that others may have vastly different responses to the film from my own, I would love it if everyone were to watch this movie at least twice. Of course I would, for it is my favorite movie.

WTF ASIA: The Housemaid (2010)

Well, last week, we had a heartwarming story about a woman trying to get the apartment of her dreams. This week, WTF ASIA presents The Housemaid, a story of a woman working for a family in a really large house. It may not necessarily warm your heart, but it will warm…something. Apparently, it is sexy or something. The DVD case categorizes it as sexy and erotic. A sexy movie about a woman in a maid outfit? I will be the judge of that.

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The movie was available to stream online through Amazon until about a week or two ago. I don’t know why, but it is available to rent on Youtube for 2.99 here:
That can be a little screwy at times, and you have only 24-hours to finish it once you start.

Alternatively, you can watch it on youtube with Vietnamese subtitles here:

And download English subtitles here:

If you like those scandalous movies about rich people and infidelity, then…this is a movie.

WTF ASIA: Dream Home

Easter Sunday…or April Fools…anyways…today is a festive day as we celebrate the resurrection of the dead with the great Game of Thrones. But, if you are hoping for some entertainment that is focuses less on beheadings and crucifixions, WTF ASIA comes through with Dream Home, a somewhat difficult, but truly touching story about following your heart, and finding where you truly belong.

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For four dollars, the movie is available to stream from Amazon:

There are other places to watch it, but they seem to have edited out about a minute’s worth of the movie’s more risqué parts. It is not much, but still…

Dream Home is not necessarily for everyone. It takes a pretty well-told tale and changes it up in ways that may seem a little confusing or uncomfortable. The stylistic choices may be a little more varied than one is used to. The moral of the story may seem jumbled, lost, bad, or buried under the storyline. But if you just sit back and recognize that you can think two thoughts at the same time, you might be able to get used to this movie and find worth not just in its unconventional storytelling, but in the story that it is telling.

WTF ASIA: The Legend of Bhagat Singh

So, after last week’s anger parade, I suppose that I needed a little bit of catharsis. And what better catharsis than a movie that I enjoyed for the wrong reasons? And I don’t mean “so bad that it’s good” reason; I mean the wrong reasons. This is The Legend of Bhagat Singh, a movie that did not do so well in India…perhaps due to the reasons why I enjoyed it. I mean, a pro-terrorist, pro-socialist, anti-White, anti-GANDHI movie? Who would like that movie? Well…

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The movie is available to watch here:
Again, no subtitles, so you may have to download them from and convert the file into a word document or something.

So…I am not sure if I would actually recommend this movie to anyone, as the reasons why I liked it are not really reasons that I am proud of. It was one of three Bhagat Singh films released in 2002 and none of them did well at the Indian box office, so I guess that the Indian public did not share my attitudes towards it. But, this series is not really about movies that I would recommend, but movies that I enjoy. And I highly enjoy this movie. So there.

But, hey, you are not me. Maybe you would rather watch a movie where the all-American Gerard Butler goes up against the not-at-all-American Rick Yune. Fuck you, Fuqua. $30 million at the box office? Who are these fucks?

WTF USA: Four Films Featuring Internment Camps

Last Friday was the start of a really annoying week for me, which might just extend to two weeks if I am not lucky. But, since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I can be thankful for being lucky enough that things were not worse. After all, I could have been a Japanese American living on the West Coast in 1942. Yes, this week, I watched four movies dealing with the internment of over 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War Two. Why? Because why not? This has to be the 71st anniversary of something related to that. And, besides, this is my journal and I will write what I want. Similarly, these movies pick and choose the stories they want to tell and the protagonists whom they want as the center. And, again, I can focus on whatever aspects of the movies I want and judge them however I want.

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Farewell to Manzanar is available to watch here:
The book should be available at your local library. Should be. As for the other movies, whatever.

WTF ASIA: Please Teach Me English

Okay, so if you want the Gangnam Style of Korean movies, you can do worse than Please Teach Me English. This movie is goofy as all heck…at least the first two-thirds of it. Basically, it addresses the rush to learn English in South Korea during the last decade. Of course, it jams in a romantic comedy in there, and just throws in a few other things in there too. And it is highly enjoyable.

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The film is available to watch here:

If you are looking for a romantic comedy, a drama about American adoptees returning to Korea, or a clever satire on the English craze in South Korea, you will probably be disappointed in this movie. If you are willing to just sit back and let the movie take you wherever it wants to take you, then you just might have a really good time. If you want something silly, this is definitely silly. And if you had to struggle learning English, you might find something in this that you can identify with. Would I have changed some things? Sure, but most of that would be solely for my benefit as a native English speaker. Taken on its own merits, I find it to be highly enjoyable.

WTF ASIA: Magnifico

Hey, do you like kids? This is a movie about a kid. Okay, it is about the life of kid in a family trying to get by in a town in the Philippines. His name is the same as the title of the movie: Magifico. Somehow, I was under the impression that Filipinos had trouble pronouncing the letter “F”, but I guess that if that was no impediment to them keeping the name of their country the same, then it could not stop them from enjoying this movie. That is good, because this is a good one.

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The movie is available to watch here:

What more do I need to say about the movie? If you can get past the picture and sound quality of the movie, and maybe some questionable physics, then you may very well find a movie that will make you laugh, cry, and smile while cheering one a young boy who just wants to do the right thing. This movie is sweet without being cloying, and it is dramatically engaging with only a little bit of emotional manipulation. Without question, I definitely recommend this. And if you hate kids, you still might

WTF ASIA: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Tonight, millions will supposedly be watching a three-hour event full of Hollywood stars doing whatever ridiculous thing that they do. There may be musical numbers and fancy outfits and lots of filler material and people sitting around. If that appeals to you, but you think that it could use a little more awkward basketball with Bollywood stars instead, then I have a movie for you: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. And, just in case you were wondering, it is just over 185 minutes long. To be fair, though, a few seconds of that is the intermission.

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The movie is available to watch here:

Unfortunately, the movie is not only subtitled on that page, but also dubbed into a language that is not English. If you do not mind the mouths not matching the words or the horrible voice acting (okay, the original dialog is pretty much all ADR anyways), then that is fine. Otherwise, you may have to match up the footage with the audio from the video here:

Alternatively, you could watch it on youtube with the subtitles slightly off time here:

If you have a three hour block of time to kill…or two 90-minute blocks of time to kill, and are looking for a pleasant movie to watch, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai may be up your alley. If three hours of questionable quality sounds uninteresting to you, I would still recommend it. Who knows? Something could happen. If you are one to nitpick stuff, you might enjoy making fun of the movie. If you can embrace the unreality, however, then you can get a whole lot more out of it. Let the charm win you over.

And, yes, I realize that the movie has several references to other movies, particularly to Dil To Pagal Hai from the previous year, which starred the same actor who played Rahul playing a character named Rahul. I much prefer Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, personally.

WTF ASIA: I Like It Hot

Valentine’s Day may have passed us by, but that does not mean that we have to stop watching movies about love and relationships, right? Also, I don’t really have any movies about presidents to talk about…at least not yet. Aaaanyways…this week on WTF ASIA, I present I Like It Hot…or Hellcats. It’s not about cheerleaders. This movie concerns three women at different stages of life and how they deal with (and struggle with) love and family. It is much lighter fare than the previous Korean films that I have talked about here, but there is still quite a bit of swearing and yelling. Because, you know, family.

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The movie is available to watch here

If you are not yet all loved out by Safe Haven or Beautiful Creatures or whatever they show for Valentine’s Week, I would say that you might enjoy spending two hours with a trio of flawed, but likeable women as they struggle to find their way in life and love. This is not a perfect movie, but I quite like it as it is; fixing the flaws would not necessarily add much to the movie anyways. And besides, the family dynamic has to be better than the father-son stuff in A Good Day to Die Hard. I haven’t seen that movie, but I heard that it was absolutely horrible.

WTF ASIA: All's Well, Ends Well

Well, today is the start of the Lunar New Year. And what better way to celebrate the new year than to be with your family as you watch a really gleefully stupid movie? This is All’s Well, Ends Well and it is the first and, hopefully last, Lunar New Year movie that I will be talking about on WTF ASIA. It is also a romantic comedy, so if you are looking for something to watch on Valentine’s Day, you could do worse than All’s Well, Ends Well. You could probably do better, too, but whatever.

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The movie is available to watch here:

Warning: the subtitles, which can already be hard to read at times, get cut off after the 47 minute mark and don’t get fixed until around the 82 minute mark. So, you will probably want to download the subtitles from here and try to figure out the time difference.

If you are in the mood to see a really stupid and tasteless romantic comedy this Valentine’s Day, but are sick and tired of Love, Actually and have heard really bad things about Identity Thief, All’s Well, Ends Well may be up your alley. Or maybe one of its six sequels. Seriously, there are six of them. Maybe even seven. Personally, I have no intention of watching any of them. I would rather just watch this one again and pretend that it is one of a kind. In any case, if you want to watch something this week, All’s Well, Ends Well…is a movie. Then again, you could be like my parents and watch Chungking Express again. Pffft.