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How do You Draw Love in the Middle of War?


Despite being an animated film, this story written by Sunao Katabuchi-Chie Uratani, which is based on the manga titled—‘In This Corner of the World’ by Fumiyo Kōno definitely provides its audience the kind of drama set in the 1930s-1940s wartime in Hiroshima and Kure in Japan, roughly 10 years before and after the horrific atomic bombing.

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In the film, a young woman named Suzu, innocent and is fond of drawing; she lived in a seaside town called Eba in Hiroshima City. At 18 years of age she married Shūsaku, an earnest and quiet man; who worked as a judicial officer at the military court in Kure.

Suzu opted to live with Shūsaku in Kure City. Her husband lived with his family located on a hillside in the suburbs of Kure, with a view of the Japanese Naval Fleet in the harbor, including the largest battleships, Yamato and Musashi. Suzu enjoys touching nature and viewing warships moving on the sea with her niece, Harumi.

One day, a navy sailor named Tetsu comes to see Suzu. He was her childhood friend, now assigned to the Japanese cruiser Aoba stationed in Kure. During the night, Shūsaku allowed Tetsu and Suzu to be alone with each other; thinking that it might be the last time for the two to see each other for war is on. Little did he know that Suzu and Tetsu loved each other and professed their feelings toward each other. They copulated that night as well.

In the springtime, Shūsaku is drafted by the Navy and temporarily quartered with troops in Otake City, 40 miles away from Kure.

As mentioned in the film’s logline—‘torn apart by war’—the relationship between Shūsaku and Suzu were also falling apart. It even got worst when the U.S. army began its air raids on the Japanese mainland, in Kure. In July, urban areas of Kure are firebombed and mostly burnt down. Suzu is nearly killed by a U.S. low-level strafing run, but saved by Shūsaku. But the inevitable tragedy happened—Suzu lost her brother Yōichi, her niece Harumi, and her right arm—the one she used to draw the things she sees and imagine. She suffered in depression, and planned to return to the relative safety of her hometown (Eba) in Hiroshima City in time for the local summer festival on August 6. But on the morning of that day, a huge and marvelous cloud was rolling up over the mountain from the direction of Hiroshima City. The atomic bombing horribly destroyed countless humans and buildings in Hiroshima City.

It distraught Suzu. Probably, anyone who find himself or herself in a similar situation as Suzu—one will definitely be in a nervous breakdown.

Watching the film will also open the viewers’ eyes on the perils of war. One can ask: ‘How do You Draw Love in the Middle of War?’

After the war, Shūsaku found a new job and began a new life with Suzu, again. The latter regained her motivation to get through life and still draw love for herself and others.

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, featuring character designs by Hidenori Matsubara and music by Kotringo—it vividly captured the episodes and background of the story are based on facts and real incidents—the lost townscape of pre-war Hiroshima, the damaged Hiroshima due to the atomic bombing; accurately supported by old photos, documents, and the memories of living people.

Suzu’s battled the horrors of war and her depression, which the moviegoers can surely empathized with.

Now showing in theaters, catch it soon.

In 2016, The film won in the following awards—Hiroshima Peace Film Award (3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival) and Best Film (38th Yokohama Film Festival).

Jamie Rivera holds a Pre-Valentine Show at Sofitel


After being inactive in doing shows in Manila, to which she said that most of her shows (particularly Valentine-themed shows) were provincial or international productions, Jamie Rivera is back and is having a Pre-Valentine Show titled ‘All About Love’ at Sofitel Gtand Plaza Ballroom on November 13, 7pm.

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Crystal & T.O.D. will be her front act, Star In A Million Season Grand Winner Frenchie Dy and Broadway performer Robert Seña will have a duet with the ‘Inspirational Diva’.

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Photograph taken during the concert’s press conference. Jamie Rivera sang ‘I’ve Fallen for You’.

According to Rivera, “The concert will feature songs from Broadway, 80s songs, Standard, Pop and as well as Inspirational.”

‘All About Love’ is presented by Highrise Manila and GGG Productions.

‘Foolish Love’ opens tomorrow!


The Pre-Valentine presentation offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated’s ‘Foolish Love’ opens tomorrow, January 25 in cinemas nationwide. The romantic comedy flick is headlined by Angeline Quinto opposite the hunky dramatic actor Jake Cuenca; along with the fast-rising tandem of ToMihoTommy Esguerra and Miho Nishida of the Pinoy Big Brother fame.

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The lead cast of ‘Foolish Love’ are (L-R): Tommy Esguerra and Miho Nishida of ToMiho, Angeline Quinto and Jake Cuenca. They posed gamely before the clicking cameras of bloggers in attendance on Thursday last week.

Based on Jerry Gracio, the screenwriter of the movie, he mentioned that the film is all about the ‘foolishness’ of being in love.

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Official Teaser Poster of ‘Foolish Love’.

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The ToMiho loveteam answered questions from the bloggers during the film’s blogger’s conference.

He shared what he envisioned about Quinto’s character so as Cuenca’s, “I was thinking of a middle-aged woman for the lead, Angeline I guess is perfect. I told them that the lead actor should look mysterious and weird. Mukha namang mysterious si Jake.”

The Joel Lamangan film revolves around a little mature relationship (that of Quinto and Cuenca) and a younger pair (the one with ToMiho). Both are foolish in love.

Esguerra and Nishida play baristas in the story but the latter is being pursued by her boss played by Jerald Napoles. Thus, making the film one hilarious ride about being ‘foolish’ when one is in love. Also in the cast is Cai Cortez who completes the three female friends who are ‘foolish’ when they are in love.