Things that I learned for the day:
- To enjoy the best things in life, it pays to have connections.
- Lying to your boss that you’re sick just so you could get to watch a one-in-a-lifetime special screening of one of the best anime in history is always bad. BAD. Kids don’t do that as much as possible. (But the temptation is there, I know, still…)
- But since you already lied to your boss and you still insist on watching the film, execute all possible ways to not let him/her know this. EXTREME RESTRICTION TO SHARE IT TO SOCIAL MEDIA IS A MUST.
- Always bring a camera so that you get to capture the best moments in your life. ALWAYS.
- And it really helps to be that you’re pretty *cough**cough*.
(Please forgive me for this long, bumbling post of mine. It’s my first time to post a ‘decent’ blog entry, and I’m so happy typing this entry its riddle with pesky grammar errors. Grammar Nazis rejoice! XD)
What would I thought would be another bumming lousy day in the office turns out to be one of the best thing that happened to my life. A special friend (which to think I just met just two months ago) gave me an invite to one of the most anticipated movies for all Filipino anime fans- The Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen (Kyoto Inferno) movie, the first in a two-part movie set which premiered yesterday, 6th of August, 2014. The nationwide screening is on August 20,2014, while the part two is on September 13th. We get to watch this wonderful film two weeks in advance! Yeah! And this is an Asian premiere, meaning Manila is the first country to show this film among Asian countries. Double yeah!
This is my very first time to get to experience a premiere night. I always see premiere nights as something exclusive to press people, actors, their families, friends and a couple of their moochers here and there, and people who won advance screening tickets from God-knows-where contests. I can’t believe I’ll be one of those ‘moochers’ for getting the chance to watch this film, and so I owe this friend who’s lucky to have certain friends in SM an IMAX movie for Guardians of the Galaxy (which is for another blog entry).
August 6 is Wednesday, you know, a working day! And so my dilemma of thinking of ‘legit’ reasons to skip work. Sheesh, I felt like a high school student trying to tell my boss why I’m sick. And in our company, getting a medical certificate is a must if you’ve already maxed five sick days (five sick days doesn’t need a medical certificate). I can’t remember if this is already my fifth or my fourth, damn, but just to be sure I need to get a medical certificate! The payment though for this wonderful experience is that I’m not gonna post this on my Facebook, lest I got an HR notice for lying to my boss why I skip work, or worse I lose my job. Noooo!!! >,<
But I’m really excited to share this to my Facebook friends, so I’m thinking of putting special settings on my Facebook, so that only my families, friends and NOT my officemates and ESPECIALLY MY BOSS will get to see my pictures.
That’s why I’m so thankful that this friend who I just met in a Copyright forum months ago, and I just befriended recently was the one who really went to great lengths just to have me experience this. Well not really great lengths, if we’ll gonna count the time he tried to ask his friend to like his comment on the Warner Brother page so we could win tickets (I’m not lucky on those contests so I don’t push my luck on those), and when he kept spamming my Facebook page with Warner Brother page links on how to win tickets. So when he found out that his classmate in college is actually working in SM as one of the higher ups (l told ya it really pays to have connections), this classmate of his emailed him and gave him two complimentary tickets. So when he handled me the ticket during the meet and greet at the ground floor, I expected some people to notice it and they can’t help being jealous we got tickets! Hahaha, eat your heart out suckers, lols! XD
I really owe him a special movie experience next time.
So when I finally found a ‘legit’ sickness reason to my boss (promise it’s legit!), I headed to SM Megamall. An hour or so before the screening, they have meet and greet of the three main actors and the director of the film on the lower ground floor at Megamall A. The screams of Rurouni Kenshin fans can be heard throughout the whole building, yelling Munetaka Aoki, Emi Takei, and Keishi Ōtomo names but most especially Munetaka(Filipinos really have a soft spot to actors whose primary role’s for comedic breaks). I’m not really familiar with Japanese film stuffs, and I’m not really into Japanese drame either so pardon me if I’m not so into the actors. T_T
Outside the SM cinema grounds, there are so many people and most especially media people around, since this is a press screening of the movie. And since there are cameras, of course I need to take EXTREME PRECAUTIONS not to get accidentally caught on camera, or else people who personally know me on the office found me on television. Being a liar indeed makes you paranoid, that’s why kids lying is always bad. BAD!
So we finally got our seats inside the movie room, waiting for the film to start (what can we expect from Filipino time?) when we saw the cosplayers earlier got their seats just an aisle away, I took the moment to take my pictures with them. And boy am I surprise to find out that the one who cosplayed as Shishio is actually a very close friend of mine back in my comic stint days, Kuya John Henyo (his cosplay screen name I guess)! I really didn’t noticed who he was, especially with his rockin’ perfect portrayal of Shishio! I’m so happy I got to see a familiar face in the screening. And then the ‘de-facto official’ cosplayer of Kenshin Himura, Jin Joson came. And after all these years only admiring her online I finally get a picture with her together with Shishio/Kuya John! Yay!
Before the film starts, we get to meet the director and the actors again, this time without the yelling screaming fans earlier. There’s the usual repertoire of questions, and when the time came for the question and answer for the ordinary people as usual some folks ask them perpetual ‘Pinoy Showbiz’ questions, which kinda made me feel a bit off. These people are lucky the Japanese folks are nice. There is no such thing as love teams in Japanese film industry, and so with foreign film industry in general, I just hope Filipinos will be mature enough to figure it out, because really, love teams are stupid, and these folks don’t make a big deal out of love teams the way we do here. So just please stop.
Moving on, the film finally started, and I guess with premier nights, they don’t show those campy PSA’s and shitty politicians’ commercials. It’s all about the movie itself, which is good. And now the action starts. I’m so grateful I got to watch this film for free, and even if I get to watch it on a normal screening date, my money will be worth it- two and half hours of pure awesome swordfight action! People are cheering at every moves Kenshi Himura makes, and so with the other casts. I then remembered the time I watched Ruruouni Kenshin or more popularly known as Samurai X in local tv, as an anime series. Sure there are a couple of changes different from the manga/anime, but since this film was made so well you would no longer see the difference. You wouldn’t even think of comparing at the differences. Rurounin Kenshin as a live action film was well executed and all praises to all the people behind it. I already watched a couple of Japanese films, but this one is the BEST. How I wish we got to have an awesome big-budgeted film like this.
After the film, there are still so many camera people around, so I turn ninja mode, lest my workmates find me on tv and found out that I ditch work just to watch a film. Yikes! >,<
For the people out there, you’ve got two weeks of waiting time for this film to hit nationwide theaters. I already got to watch it, and I wouldn’t mind paying my ticket next time to watch it again. J