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[JDrama~2009] Smile
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NAAAH.^^ so excited about this one. :DDD
but yea, i hope they won't make fun of our race or culture because i know, most of us are nice right? ;)

demo, i want arashi to sing the theme song of SMILE. :DDD
that would be.. uh.. jadjabkjdfsk. i'm lost. LOL!

i hope jun will go here.^^ (and if possible, the other 4 members of A.^^ **HOPING...**)
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I don't get what is the big deal that Matsumoto is going to play a half filipino? Like it is a bit out of nowhere...then again I never paid much attention in my eastern civ class...was there like crazy history stuff going on?
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matsujun and yui pairing, it maybe good but i like inoue mao better for jun.
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That doesn't really tell me what the drama's about.
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My New Years Resolution is to lay off the dramas during the school semester but I will definitely drop the books to watch this drama! BEST DRAMA NEWS OF 2009! |:D
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whoa!!!!!!!! imma watch this one for sure!!!
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Wow! Really? JunMatsumoto? Half filipino in this drama? Haha
Cant wait to see this.
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ehh??? jun is half-filipino here??!
hmmm..
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Lol! MatsuJun half Filipino & half Japanese? So like Hayami Mokomichi. :]
Wow.. Must see, alright.
MatsuJun and Gakky! =] interesting..
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I'm not a fan of Jun and his acting but I'll give this drama a try because I'm interested how they will play out the story of a biracial individual in a society that abides to stringent values and culture. Japan, I believe have serious issues on bloodline and heritage. How do pure blood Japanese perceive and treat a half-Filipino Japanese?

I'm a Filipino and I'm also interested how much of the Filipino culture/trait will they attribute to Jun's character. I want to see how much reality and honesty they can portray the experiences of an individual of two-nations, "the struggle for identity and the need to belong."

I'd also like to see if they will hire a Filipino actor to play the fathers role and if there are other side characters that would represent his Filipino heritage. That would provide a good contrast but if this is more of a love story than a growing-up/family based story then most likely it would be all Japanese cast.
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i'm so gonna watch this.........


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agentduckiechan wrote:

That said, AHAHAHAHA Jun is totally going to mangle Tagalog if he attempts it... and I can't wait But more than that, I'm excited to see characters of Filipino descent in a Japanese show because there's so much history between the two countries. This show can make some powerful social commentary if it's done correctly.


My concerns exactly, the story has an unusual premise. If portrayed well, it can in essence promote social awareness. There is very little portrayal of biracial characters in a Jdrama but even rare discussion on Filipino related issues on any Jchannel. I doubt if the youth of Japan knows that there was a bloody history between the two countries. I'm not sure if it's even listed in their history books but it is in our textbook but Filipinos tend to forget bad memories such as wars. Look how friendly we are with Americans, how appreciative of Animes & Jdrama, how visible the Spanish mark.

As of the present, the Japanese would likely associate Filipino as those who go to Japan for studies or for work. The last I saw of a Jdrama which featured something Filipino wasn't very flattering. It was in Dragon Zakura where YAMAPI and his teacher goes to a Filipino bar to look for an english teacher. Apparently, one of the best way to learn english is conversing with Filipino entertainers a.k.a be a local of the club (that was how the teacher learned his english). mad but true.

I'd love to see more dynamics between the two cultures especially when there is so much contrast in the two nations background.
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Posted 2/12/09
OMG!

filipino?!

wow!
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ibkuri86 wrote:

I don't get what is the big deal that Matsumoto is going to play a half filipino? Like it is a bit out of nowhere...then again I never paid much attention in my eastern civ class...was there like crazy history stuff going on?


It's a big a deal here in crunchy because there are a number of Filipino members who regularly post. Be it random to play half-Fil-Jap, the fact is you don't see it very often on any Jdrama and if there was, he (the character) wasn't likely played by a popular idol actor, even less likely the lead/hero role. I'm not exactly sure about this, but I do believe that there are quite a number of half-Jap-half-Fil kids in Japan. It's time someone does a story on them.

As for the history, well there was a bloody war between the two countries. Not too crazy, just the usual casualties of war and Japanese occupation during WW2. As it was war, death, rape, destruction of public property mostly on the Philippine side was rampant. By the time the Japanese left, two-third of the city capital was in rubble and half of the ovulating women pregnant.
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OO! Can't wait! The story sounds very interesting! I will surely watch it, especially when Jun is in it!
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