Your Lie in April (2016)

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This Japanese drama film is about Kosei Arima, a piano prodigy who, after his mother died suffered from psychological trauma caused him to be unable to hear the sound of his piano playing, and he gave up on it until he met Kaori Miyazono, an extrovert, free-spirited violinist who changed his life drastically. Together with Kosei’s friends Tsubaki and Watari, they tried to convince him to play again. Now, I’m not going to tell the whole story because if you haven’t watched the movie, I will just annoy you by telling it here. But if you’re currently in a melancholic situation and want to watch this, may I suggest you to keep a box of tissues near by :)

Well, I must say that the story kind of relates to me as in being too nervous to perform that I can’t even hear my own violin playing during performance. This is why I’m not able to be a soloist. And oh….I will never be because I want to save you from the noise and chaos that I make ;)

And this paragraph is for violinists. I may have to alert you that although the violinist’s bowing technique in this film is horrible, let’s just capture the whole message that the story offers. I like Kaori’s optimist personality. She’s the one who could inspire people to go out of the box, to do what we’ve been wanting to.

This story can relate to the life of many musicians whether you’re a modern music performer, or classical, or both. Although the story sounds kind of boring and predictable if I tell you briefly about what it’s all about because I don’t want to tell a complete story, but the advices given are such a great inspiration. I recommend this drama if you like Japanese. This film is taken from a Japanese manga book authored by Naoshi Arakawa.

Kinski Paganini (1989)

Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary “devil violinist” Niccolo Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through whose personality Kinski offers an incredibly profound and honest insight intohis own life; a life of extremities.

My first impression about this movie? Hmmm…..that typical old movie with no good lightning, dark, unclear, and oh……you know typical noob who tries to play violin and thinks himself as Paganini? Yeah, that! Kinski held his violin wrong and his bow hold was WRONG! I am not going into the detail of this movie, I haven’t finished watching because it’s so bad! It made me feel ashamed every time he played violin because I play violin, too and I know that what he’s doing is just totally wrong! The music doesn’t even match his bow movements. And….another reason why I haven’t finished watching is because this movie contains more sexual content! So if you’re underage, I strongly don’t recommend this to you, or JUST DON’T WATCH no matter how old you are! The movie is disgusting! And oh….those women in old era obviously didn’t shave their hmmm…yeah…”that” *LOL*

The worsest classic movie I’ve known. It would make the real Paganini feel the worst if he was still alive and watched this.

The Red Violin (1998)

In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as “the red violin,” is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of “the red violin.”

The movie is spoken in English, Italian, French, German, and Mandarin. This is an interesting movie, especially if you love violin, or better enough, play violin! ;-)

However, there’s no subtitle when I watched this, but I understood the story. Back in 1681 — Cremona, Nicolo Bussotti just finished his master work when his wife was pregnant. She told him that she felt that she wouldn’t live that long, but he was so optimist and said he had a good relatives that could help her. But she and their first child died at the time she was giving birth. Nicolo took her body to his workplace, cut her hair to make a brush out of it, cut her hand and poured her blood in a can and then he painted his violin with her blood.

CAST
Cremona

* Carlo Cecchi – Nicolo Bussotti
* Irene Grazioli – Anna Rudolfi Bussotti
* Anita Laurenzi – Cesca
* Samuele Amighetti – Boy

Vienna

* Christoph Koncz – Kaspar Weiss
* Jean-Luc Bideau – Georges Poussin
* Arthur Denberg – Prince Mansfeld

Oxford

* Jason Flemyng – Frederick Pope
* Greta Scacchi – Victoria Byrd
* Eva Marie Bryer – Sara
* Joshua Bell – Orchestra member: First violin (cameo)

Shanghai

* Sylvia Chang – Xiang Pei
* Hong Tao – Comrade Chan Gong
* Liu Zifeng – Chou Yuan

Montreal

* Samuel L. Jackson – Charles Morritz
* Colm Feore – Auctioneer
* Monique Mercure – Madame Leroux
* Don McKellar – Evan Williams
* Ireneusz Bogajewicz – Ruselsky
* Julian Richings – Nicolas Olsberg
* Marvin Mill – Limousine Driver
* Sandra Oh – Madame Ming, companion of Chinese son who was trying to win the auction of the red violin
* Rémy Girard – Customs Agent

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Personal review:
This movie is incredible! It made me think who have been the owners of my current violin, knowing that it’s made in 1890 and is obviously not new. There are flaws of use here and there. This movie inspired me to pick up my violin and play. I even paused it, took a break and played my violin for about half hour. I believe that there are ex-violinists who picked up their violins again after watching this movie.

I don’t like Frederick Pope (Flemyng). He’s ugly, but acted like he’s the most coolest and handsome guy! And sex is his inspiration and without it he couldn’t play violin passionately. I really pity that they’ve chosen that ugly Flemyng to be Frederick Pope.

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SPOILER ALERT! HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE? DON’T READ THE TEXTS BELOW!

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