Okay, so today, I will like to reflect on a Japanese movie I watched recently, and it’s called “Eight Ranger”. This fictional movie originates from the comedy skit that the idol group, “Kanjani∞” does in their concerts. For more information about the Eight Ranger itself, refer to Wikipedia’s page, “Kanjani Sentai Eightranger“
Now, let me go through the synopsis. The story takes place in 2035 at Eight City, Japan. The ageing population and the economic crisis had turned Japan into a third class country, filled with illegal migrants, terrorists, and criminals. The only ones that the citizens can rely on were the heroes who fight the evil. In response to the increasing crime rate in Eight City, citizens organize a Superhero Society and assemble a rag-tag group of oddball characters called “Eight Rangers” to protect them. It seems like these misfits have no hope of becoming real superheroes until they meet the legendary hero Captain Silver, who agrees to train them.
I don’t want to spoil the movie too much, so that’s all I am going to explain in regards to plot. I will also put the trailer (with Eng subtitles!) ↓ ↓
The main reason why I watched this movie is that Kanjani∞ is one of my favourite Idol groups :P Also, on July 26th, the second movie, “Eight Ranger 2″ is coming out, so I thought I should watch the first one before checking out the next one.
The movie was….not bad. But in my opinion, it is an entertaining movie only for the fans. The main reason to that is the typical and dull plot. It is somewhat self-evident that the Eight Ranger will become one and fight the evil at the end. Also, the climax is way too obvious! I mean yes, as the story goes on there should be some clues to the climax. But I don’t know, for me, once I realized the climax during the rising actions, I got this feeling of disappointment to the typical climax. Well if you think of it in another way, this orthodox plot might rather attract the audience. But for me, NO.
Then why do I not say that this movie was terrible? It’s because of the cast and the details of this movie. For a fangirl, the fact that you can see your favourite idol group acting makes you happy and like this movie, aww yea♡ (me in my fangirl mode) Also, yea, the details of this movie, so like the props in the movie are nice. For example, during the movie, parodies of alcohol ads and a Japanese tavern are pretty funny; especially because the Kanjani∞ members are in these props. So looking for these props is another way to enjoy this movie for fans.
Personally, the favourite prop was the below poster of a beer ad. Because my favourite member in Kanjani∞, Shota Yasuda is dressed as a girl (Yes, these kinda things entertain Japanese fangirls)
In conclusion, “Eight Ranger” is a good movie, only if you like Kanjani∞. So I won’t really recommend this movie to anyone :/ But I cannot wait till next month for the second movie to come out!!