Monday, April 28, 2008

Review: 69

Alternative Titles: シクスティナイン, Sixty-nine
Genre: Romance
Release Date: Jul. 10, 2004

  • Tsumabuki Satoshi as Yazaki Kenichi
  • Masanobu Ando as Tadashi "Adama" Yamada
Ken, a high school student, hopes to catch a girl’s attention by creating a festival that would include film, theatre and rock music. After talking to the girl he has a crush on, he then develops his project into barricading the school. He gathers a group of students to help him out. However, his plan also catches the attention of the local media and the police.

After finding out about this movie, I watched a trailer of it and read some comments on various sites. I definitely thought this movie was going to be a hilarious ride, but it wasn’t as funny as I first hyped. In my opinion, 69 turned out to be the most random J-movie I’ve seen. First and foremost, the story is just off the charts. Some high school student wants to barricade his school to impress a girl. This movie was so random that I didn’t even know what was going on for most scenes. I didn’t know if I was too bored to enjoy or what, but this movie does have a lot of randomness to it. There are many scenes where you just don’t know what the main characters are trying to do. Its clear that they’re trying to barricade the school and start a festival, but for there are parts that seem they aren’t connected to the main story.

Also, another downside to the movie that I would like to mention is that one of the scenes is REALLY disgusting. The most disgusting scene in any J-movie, ever. If you decide to watch 69, make sure you’re not eating something or else you’ll barf it out.

On the flip side, there were some scenes that were absolutely hilarious. However, that’s the only good thing I can say about the movie.

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  • Some scenes were absolutely hilarious
  • Story is completely random
  • Didn’t understand what was going on for most of the movie
  • One of the scenes is really disgusting (don’t eat anything while watching this movie! (-_-‘)
The funny scenes definitely don’t offset my dislikes of 69. I would stay away from it at all costs.

Rating: 5/10


rupan777 June 24, 2008 at 10:14 p.m.  

I wasn't particularly crazy about the movie either but you really should read the book that it's based on, "69" by Ryu Murakami. It will probably have the context that is missing for you.

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