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I was going to wait until I got back to school to write a proper entry about yesterday’s movie premiere. Umm… it was a heady experience to say the least? I don’t know if it was the coffee, or the excitement, but my head was definitely faint by the time I got into the theatre. The wait was terrible though, the seconds felt like hours, and the minutes felt like eternity. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit but every writer has their right to embellish on the details.

I was quite annoyed with a few people that were sitting around me. If it was just one group of obnoxious idiots, I would’ve been fine with it, but there were two groups of obnoxious idiots around me, and that’s just too much of a toll on my patience. First off, in front of me were the hormonal teenage girls who don’t know proper decorum when attending a film screening; they basically just squealed and screamed their way when MatsuJun was trying to speak. For someone like me who’s trying to understand what he was saying without the help of the interpreter, that’s quite a nuisance, but they weren’t as bad as the people behind me because I at least forgive them due to their age. (Somehow it’s okay for girls under 16 to act like hormonal idiots to me, but not when they’re over.) They were a group of elitist bitches from USC who were basically there for MatsuJun, but for the sake of maintaining their sense of elitism; they chose to pretend… rather loudly… that they were there for Anthony Daniels instead. In the group is the attention whore of all attention whores, who want to be noticed by everyone, specifically the Japanese media, or just anyone who can speak Japanese in general. The obnoxious bitch would jump in front of every single camera present and proceeded to babble vapidly about everything and nothing. All in all, I had wanted to punch her face in from the moment I waited in line behind her to the moment I saw her once again blathering her head off to NewsZero. She did it twice. I’m sure the people caught on by now that she would be the one to go to if they want useless opinions about everything and nothing.

Now that the negative parts are over with, I’m free to gush about the positive part of the premiere. The movie itself was really good. I’m not just saying it because MatsuJun is in it, because I never really liked his movies that much. The highlights of course were Abe Hiroshi and Miyagawa Daisuke. They were both delightful in the movie, in different ways. Hiroshi just plays everything so well. There really hasn’t been a project he’s been in that I haven’t liked and this one is no exception. I especially love his glare. I really wished that he had come. Then I’d be one of the crazy idiots screaming my head off to get his attention. Daisuke plays one of the characters that inspired C3PO, and so of course he was a ball of hilarity. For the whole movie, his motivations were, “Liquor, Money, and Women.” You know you can’t go wrong with such noble intentions. I especially love one of the scenes towards the end with him and Hiroshi. It was like the knight rescuing the dame in distress. It’s definitely my favorite scene in the whole movie, simply because it was soooooo overly dramatic that it was hilarious. I’m guessing the director intended it to be that way.

Jun’s performance was okay… nothing spectacular or mind blowing about his acting. He has improved greatly on hiding his signature MatsuJun Princess Walk ©. He wasn’t really walking most of the movie though, more like carrying a load of twigs, or just plain running, so maybe that’s why I couldn’t spot his distinctive walk that he brings to every single character that he plays. It was nice to see Nagasawa not crying or being weak in this role. I guess that means that she has range. I actually liked her character! It’s hard to find female characters I identify with, simply because most people write female characters horribly but her princess was both strong and weak at the same time, she was a delicious ball of contradictions and internal conflicts. Ahh… to be young and conflicted, isn’t that a feeling almost everyone can identify with? What I don’t like about the dynamic between the two characters was the cheesy ass dialog. Maybe I’m just jaded, but I just don’t believe in their “romance.” There just wasn’t enough time for them to grow a true, long-lasting bond. I’ll chalk it up to them being caught in the heat of the moment, and being young and idealistic. I’m glad that ended the movie the way they did. It was much better off that way, and felt more natural. Of course, most people didn’t get that. I suppose it’s an Asian thing, or people are just being romantically idiotic (and not to mention extremely Americanized in their views?)

Before the movie, the guests came out and did little speeches introducing it. MatsuJun and Director Higuchi both did their speeches in English. MatsuJun memorized his speech very well, and his pronunciation has improved greatly. I’m glad he went through the effort to try and connect with his fanbase here, it shows that he really cares? Higuchi is adorable in how he fumbles with the piece of paper he had written his speech on. Of course everyone screamed their heads of when MatsuJun came out. It was nice though, I mean, screaming is okay when the guests enter the auditorium, but when they’re speaking, it’s quite rude to squeal/scream out, “Oh my god! He’s so hot! Cute! OIMWEIOMFEIW!!!!” Decorum people, decorum… but again, they were young… or at least I hope they were younger than me. Or perhaps I’m just too proud to act like a fangirl. It’s okay to fangirl in private for me, but in public is a whole other matter. They also took a picture with all the people in the auditorium. Meaning… they risked their lives and turned their backs to the fans so the media can take pictures. I didn’t even attempt to get into the pictures (out of a fear of being recognized? Or just plain pride?)

After the movie, the dean of the film school at USC initiated a question and answering session. The questions were basically trying to tie everything back to Star Wars. Which… is nice, I suppose? Although the parallels were apparent, I didn’t think that it took anything directly from Star Wars. Anthony Daniels was hilarious though. I love his witty comments and dripping sarcasm. Much like how I love the director for basically nonchalantly dismissing every question that he didn’t care to answer with sarcasm. MatsuJun played the schoolboy act though, acting all shy and smiling. He was being playful though. The man is shy, but he isn’t that shy, and he’s definitely confident in his abilities to excite a group of hormonal fangirls, no matter the language barrier. The questions… were really retarded, so I’m not going to delve into them.

So MatsuJun in real life, is as skinny as he is on TV, and even shorter and tinier. But he looked really nice, very well coordinated. He acted courteous and was thoughtful when answering questions. I’m glad he didn’t treat it as a joke, even though some questions were completely unrelated to the actual movie, or at least, a poor attempt at asking thoughtful questions and relating things to the movie.

So in the end, was it worth it to wake up the next morning at 5 in order to catch a train back to school in the smoldering Santa Ana heat? Hellz yes. Running on three hours of sleep is what I do for a living. Afterall, I am a college student.

And people writing things down just to attack fans... on a public community. So what if you thought it was okay to take pictures and squeal at him? I happen to think it doesn't fit the atmosphere of the place! I didn't say squealing wasn't allowed, just that when the man was trying to speak, it was RUDE to squeal while other people were trying to listen to him. I for one wanted to sharpen my Japanese skills and I had a hard time listening to him talk because the people were squealing so much. Courtesy people!!! If I happen to give you my courtesy, why won't you extend yours to me? And pictures and videos are strictly forbidden! God, why do people have to break the rules and then feel righteous about it? What is wrong with this country?

This is why I'm leaving this public, because it pisses me off when people put words into my mouth. I NEVER SAID SQUEALING WAS PROHIBITED! Just when he was trying to speak, it was rude! So what if it sounds bitchy? Then so be it. I was really glad he came and I was really glad that most fans acted accordingly, but what I wasn't glad about was people rushing to him when he was exiting and then also squealing when he was trying to speak! You think I didn't want to do the same? I happen to have a sense of self control! I'm sure he was happy about the fans coming and showing support, but for god's sake, this wasn't an Arashi event where squealing was okay, this was a serious movie that MatsuJun just HAPPENED to be in. So Goddamnit people, act accordingly! And stop with the entitlement complexes.

I'm never going to comment on public communities ever again. Stupid potential wank.

Date: 2008-04-28 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamagrian.livejournal.com
Glad you got back safe. Boo on stupid fangirls thinking acting stupid over an idol is not only perfectly acceptable but something they're entitled to do. I wanted to vomit at all the swooning last night especially when MatsuJun was trying to talk. Some of us CAN and DO understand Japanese and would like to hear what he has to say directly rather than via translation which as good as the translators were, it's still a translation and they can't convey everything that was said. Anyway that's why I avoid most communities/forums and definitely stay out of anything the fangirls post because they get so bloody defensive and shit.

Date: 2008-04-28 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Yeah, I did, although I got off on the wrong stop when I was on the bus so I had to lug my stuff across campus in the heat. Aside from that, it wasn't that bad. ^^ Is your thumb feeling better?

I think people can fangirl, but there is a time and an occasion for it. Let's say... if it was an Arashi concert, then they're perfectly entitled to scream and squeal to their hearts content, but the movie isn't solely about Jun. The movie is a collective effort between many artists and to make an event about a movie into an event that revolves only around Jun... reflects badly on his fans. He is trying to be taken seriously as an actor afterall. I'm sure he's happy that he has so many fans in America and they all came out to support him, but really... the fangirls defending their own stupid actions really pisses me off. I wanted to be there to support Jun and also to watch the movie. I wanted it to be a serious yet light hearted discussion about the movie... and not have it solely be about Jun.

And yes, it pisses me off that there are people who can understand Japanese and want to listen to him talk, instead, we can't because people were too busy squealing and fangirling. You don't hear us fangirling and squealing when the translator was translating, it's because we don't want to take away the experience of understanding his words from them. Their logic is so seriously insane that I've stopped reading their rant about how it's okay to take pictures/videos/audios when they're strictly prohibited!!!

I don't comment much, but I commented last night on a girl's entry, basically agreeing to her complaints about how it was kind of hard to hear when Jun was trying to speak and then this fan made another post about how people should stop bitching about the squealing, because people can squeal since it's Jun. WTF kind of logic is that?

Oh, and she called all the Japanese there Oba-sans. Yes... they're soooo totally Oba-sans. -___-;;;;

Date: 2008-04-29 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melirose.livejournal.com
Hi. Thanks for sharing a report that is not full of fangirling. I was interested in seeing thoughts on the movie and how well the cast portrayed their roles. I'm a big Abe Hiroshi fan, so I'm glad to hear that he delivered as always! Seems like some of the fans were a bit rude with their squealing. Its bad that they were making noise while people were talking! Regardless of if you could understand what was being said or not, isn't it common courtesy to listen to others as they speak. Any obsessive fangirling should take place after the event, but not during it, especially since, as you said, it a film premiere, not a concert. It must have been a bit trying for people who were not there for the sole reason that Jun was there. Anyways, I think I wrote too much, but thank you for showing another side of fans!

Date: 2008-04-29 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Umm... thanks?

I don't know how you found this.... but thank you. I think I was caught up in the heat of the moment(literally, it's smoldering here) and sounded a little bit too angry. It really wasn't that bad, and it was an overall very enjoyable experience.

I personally don't mind people squealing when he's entering or exiting the venue. It was just very frustrating to try and enjoy MatsuJun seriously answering the questions when all around me were people bursting out with, "OMG! He's so cute! He's so hot!" I mean, I want to say it too... but I thought it was common courtesy for people to be silent when other people are speaking, regardless if you can understand them or not.

It's okay if you think you wrote too much, I think I wrote too much too. ^^ Thanks for reading? I honestly didn't think anyone would read this aside from my friends, since I don't participate in fandom at all.

Date: 2008-04-29 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melirose.livejournal.com
I saw your comment in some other fan report ( i think) and I was just curious to see if you wrote your own take on the experience and I liked what you wrote so I decided to leave a comment..

Yeah, I agree with that. Its a bit disrespectful to speak while others are speaking.

Haha, I'm probably the only random person who will pop up here. Hope you don't mind my intrusion into your journal too much:)

Date: 2008-04-29 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Oh! I figured. It's okay, I don't mind if people read my public entries, they're public for a reason. Even though my friends only entries are just really vapid ramblings about things that I like so this is probably one of my more coherent and thought out entries?

It's definitely a very good movie though! The director's interview in the pamphlet that they handed out said that he wanted to make an adventure movie since Japan doesn't have a lot of action adventure movies. This movie definitely entertained! So if it's ever released near you, I definitely suggest that you go and watch it. I was laughing throughout most of the movie, but I think I laughed at a lot of inappropriate moments, like the cheesy dialogs between MatsuJun and the Nagasawa. (And who can resist the allure of MatsuJun on big screen with surround sounds?)

Date: 2008-04-29 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiyamin.livejournal.com
Americans have such a conceited sense of entitlement it's ridiculous. Whenever I see this kind of behavior I just want to send them to a third world country for a month and force them to scratch a living out of nothing! LET'S SEE HOW THEY LIKE THEM APPLES!

Date: 2008-04-30 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
I know! It's insane... they think that they deserve everything and anything and if you aren't willing to give it to them, they throw a fit! They have no sense of courtesy, or respect for other people. Someone should really give them a good smack over the heads.

Date: 2008-04-30 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiyamin.livejournal.com
The thing is it isn't just the Americans, the new crop of Asians that have money act the same way. It's ridiculous.

Date: 2008-04-30 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Oh the nouveau riche? Yeah... they want to live the lives of the socialites they see on gossip magazines and think that Asian culture is beneath them and not sophisticated enough for them. I don't understand that mentality, but whatever. They can be gaudy if they want to.

Date: 2008-04-30 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiyamin.livejournal.com
It's simpler than that. It's not appreciating the fact that just a generation ago their parents were dirt poor and that many of their countrymen are STILL dirt poor, and taking everything for granted! Let's not even get into how they're copying the worse things from the west. THANK YOU PARIS HILTON!

Date: 2008-04-30 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yuffchan.livejournal.com
existentialism...I loved that philosophy XD

Date: 2008-04-30 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Satre... oh I feel like they were my soulmates!

Date: 2008-04-30 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yuffchan.livejournal.com
also forgot to say that when we saw DeG back in Feb 2007, I was annoyed because everyone felt that they were entitled to take pictures and videos. It totally pissed me off because it was against the rules and because it was such a big nuisance for the other people.

Also it really annoyed me when people wouldn't shut up and kept on screaming. Argh. Respect man. Just because you don't understand Japanese, that doesn't make you entitled to go screaming like some lunatic. Have some manners and decorum for Godsakes >.<

These artists are people too and they also deserve their own personal space, privacy AND respect. Which means, if they are speaking, listen! >.< and stop shoving cameras in their faces because if you were in their shoes, I am sure you wouldn't like to have them shoved up your face too!

Some reciprocity here people!

Date: 2008-04-30 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
I know! It's the same principle! I don't understand why people don't have common courtesy and simple respect! They said that cameras and video recordings are strictly forbidden, yet people around me were whipping out their cellphones like there was no tomorrow and snapping away! The girl behind me was shoving hers so far up front that it obstructed my view! The whole time I was going, wtf? wtf? Just because it's okay to take pictures and videos at American events doesn't meant that it's okay to do the same when the event was organized by a Japanese company! Especially after the massive e-mail the organizers sent to everyone who reserved a seat explicitly telling them not to bring cameras or camera phones, and if they did, they need to check it at the door! Yet there are tons of videos and photos out right now on his appearance. Geez, talk about following the rules people.

I hate it when they screamed and won't shut up, especially when he was talking! The translators didn't really do a good job in translating what he was saying and I was having a hard time listening because people around me were screaming and squealing to much that I only caught about 80% of what he said. There were moments in his speech that the translators totally disregarded and there were even stuff the translators added that he never said! Even with a good mic and sound system, I was too distracted by the "KYA!!! HE'S SOOO HOT! *giggles*" around me to even pay enough attention to catch everything.

You know... how to fans, idols are kind of like... mini-deities. They can do no wrong, and should do no wrong. I don't think people saw him as just another person trying to do his job. -__-

Date: 2008-04-30 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiyamin.livejournal.com
I'm right there with you sister! I would meet ppl in line who are perfectly decent and yet THEY'RE FINDING WAYS TO HIDE THEIR CAMERA. I have personal friends who do it. I just don't understand!
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