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*A true love story*


Today I'm gonna talk about a Japanese movie called Train Man : Densha Otoko. It is a movie base on a really story that was pass around in the internet chat room in Japan. It became a hot topic among Japanese that they decided to make a book out of it. Soon after they made a movie, then a drama series & latest into a manga. Since I only watched the movie, so I'm gonna talk about the movie.

The story begins with a simple but very creative intro using a computer screen view. Then we are introduced to the main character, Train Man. {He has no name because no one knows his true name in reality} We can see him wandering the streets of Akihabara also known as Akihabara Electric Town. He is what you call an otaku, a Japanese term sometimes used pejoratively to refer to people with obsessive hobbies, most commonly manga or anime.


The Train Man's story begins when he boarded the train to go back home. As an otaku, he doesn't like to talk to people & prefers to stay away from human contact. As he was busy listening to some songs, he noticed a drunkard man disturbing some of the passengers. He looked around & saw that most of the passengers were female. So the old man started swearing & began to disturb some of the women who were there.

Train Man decided it was best not to get involved & decided to increase the volume of his Mp3 player to focus on something else. The drunkard took a few steps & noticed a lady at the corner reading her book. He was pissed off & snatched the book away from her hands. He grabbed her face & started complaining about women should stay at home & take care of the house & stuff like that.

When Train Man saw what the old man was doing, he stood up & told the old man to stop it & ask him to leave the girl alone. The old man didn't seem to listen so Train Man approached him & accidentally bumped into him when the train was making a stop. The old man was angry & wanted to beat him. Fortunately the conductor of the train arrived with a few guys to stop the guy from causing anymore trouble. Catching his breath from the conflict, the lady thanked him for helping her & she admired him for being so brave.


Train Man felt in love right away but he was extremely shy & just said that it was nothing. Two other women who were on the busy approached him, thanked him & asked for his home address to repay his good deed. The young lady also decided to do the same. Train Man was nervous as he had never talked to a girl. It was his first time someone ever thanked him & he felt a little happy inside. Once he gave them his address, he immediately ran off to get back home. He didn't even say good bye to the young lady or the two women...

When he got back, he was depress & wondered if he had been more brave & less nervous, he would have been able to get to know the lady. So he decided to ask help from the net in a chat room. He identified himself as Train Man & shared his story to a group of strangers in the net. Among them are :

*Three guys who are otakus & hang out in manga/internet/game cafe


*A nurse who is trying to get over her ex

*A guy who is a hikikomori (a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents and young adults who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement due to various personal and social factors in their lives.)

*A woman who has relationship problems with her husband

* A guy who has relationship problems with his wife

These people will soon help him to become the man that he always wanted & get the girl. This is how the story begins.

To those who are interested in reading about how the real discussion between Train Man & the rest in the chat room visit here : project. DENSHA

Overall the movie was very nice. It shows a lot of serious social problems that are happening in Japan. It also shows how powerful is the power of love that can even change a person for the better & just how Train Man's love story indirectly influence the people around him as well. They are also a few funny scenes in the movie to keep you interested to know more. I definitely recommend this movie to those who love romance/comedy/life kind of movies. If you like the movie, I heard the drama version is even better with more twist & story lines. I'll try & post more often in the future. For R.A.N.D.T.S!!!!!!

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  1. Comrade Cripple said...

    I'm gonna download Train Man.  

  2. Shirukii said...

    I really liked this movie. Although I'm not sure how accurate it is in its portrayal, as you said, it does show some of the social problems inherent in Japan's society. I missed the hikikomori the first time around though (probably because I hadn't yet watched NHK ni youkoso at that point XD)

    Keep up the reviews!  

  3. gungrave1988 said...

    [comrade cripple] You do that & tell me how you feel bout it. You got that comrade? (^__^)

    [shirukii] Thanks for commenting so fast. I'll do my best to do a better review in the future. I watched "Welcome To NHK/NHK ni Youkoso" & it was great & funny. Haha (^__^)  

  4. Comrade Cripple said...

    Roger that gungrave!  


 

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