Love My Life (2006) (Japanese)

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Ah yes, you’ve all seen this poster haven’t you?

The story “love my life” follows Ichiko Izumaya (the slightly more feminine one on the right) and her girlfriend Eri Joujima (the boyish one on the left) who are in a relationship together. Ichiko decides to come out to her father, who also turns out to be gay, who informs her that her mother who had passed, was also gay. Ichiko decides to meet her mothers lover, as well as work out both her and eri’s relationship with exams coming up.

Overall, yes, very heavy gay content. Almost no straight pairings exist. The acting is….quite terrible but then again, it IS japanese (not that I’m saying necessarily all japanese acting is bad….just….a lot of them……..) and storyline really is about ichiko and eri’s relationship at the end of it as well as partially how they will continue to live throughout society as a pair. It’s honestly quite boring

So I rated it on the Yuri scale quite high which impacted most of the “overall” rating, however quality of it itself was just simply cringe-worthy and incredibly boring. Although highly rated through out the lesbian community, it’s most definitely not a “must watch”, and definitely NOT worth a re-watch either.

Yuri rating: 10/10

Overall rating: 3/10

SPOILERS BELOW. YOU KNOW THE DRILL.

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Some Like It Hot/Hellcats (2008) (Korean)

Korean movie focusing mainly on comedy, coming of age, and drama.

Due to the severe lack of new Shoujo-ai/Yuri Anime’s, we won’t be seeing an Anime review (*sigh*…at least a recent one…) for quite some time. I hate dry spells…

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This movie centers around a family of three. One mother, her daughter, and her sister, all going through a romantic crisis. The single mother Kim Young Mi (Lee MiSook), is going through a mid-life crisis where she worries she’s too old to attract men anymore. Until she meets Kyoung-soo, who is an aspiring actor in the same theater who find her 40-some self sexy. Her Sister, 27 year old screenplay writer, Kim Ah-mi (Kim MinHee), also going through a crisis of love. Having just broken up with her deadbeat boyfriend, meets a man she typically would not date. The daughter of Young Mi, Kim Kang-ae (Ahn SoHee from the Wonder Girls), finds herself in her own teenage crisis of being in love with her best friend and dealing with her sexuality and that she just might be a lesbian. Together, all 3 work through their struggles and come to terms with their selves.

I like this movie A LOT. Despite that 2/3 couple story lines are straight, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as well as the lesbian pairing. Granted, it is a KOREAN movie so understandably they can’t take it too far, but still very well enjoyed. I would say its more drama/coming to terms with yourself kind of movie rather than a comedy, but I still enjoyed it non the less.

Yuri Rating: 4/10

Overall Rating: 6/10

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARE SPOILERS

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Daughters of Club Bilitis (2011) (Korean)

The TV/movie special show by KBS “Daughters of Club Bilitis” that caused a ton of controversy in Korea.

Genre: Angst, Drama

Finding a download/stream link to this was harder than it should. After a lot of pain, I managed to extract one from a chinese player and uploaded it myself >=(

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The story revolves around 3 couples at 3 different stages of their lives, and the basic struggles of being gay through out the short period.

It’s a very short story (THANKS KBS) because of controversy (homosexuality is not accepted in Korea….yet). I applaud KBS for willing to take a step in this direction, but I have to take that applause back for succumbing to the pressures of the KCC.

Background to Korea’s views on homosexuality: Homosexuality does not exist to Koreans. If it is, some may consider it a disease or a mental illness. I’ve spoken with some Korean students nowadays, and things seem to be getting better. There are gay pride gatherings (if you’re brave enough), and younger generations view it more as a “why would I care? It’s their life not mine” which is good. The problem is the older generation. Right now, they’re the ones on Koreas censorship committee (they decide what is aired at what times. They have control over blocking certain websites and putting restrictions) and the ones running the government, and parents. They still hold very conservative views. These views are then passed down onto their children and hence, most people in school/society believe these views as well. Yes, you can get fired for being gay, and no there are no real laws protecting gays. But like I said, things ARE getting a bit better, but most of the time it’s a very bad place to be gay.

The first pairing are high school students, Kim Jooyeon and Yoon Yeokyung. They’re not together, but whilst Jooyeon was staring at the girl she likes does Yeokyung notice, and together they become friends, talking about their struggles in Korean society. The second are in their middle age, Kang Hana and Lee Youngeun going through the struggles of hiding their relationship from people around them. Jooyeon reaches out to Kang Hana on the internet for help struggling with her own sexuality. Hana then takes Jooyeon to the Daughters of Bilitis club, run by couple Choi Hyangja and Park Myung Hee. A club exclusively for lesbians to be themselves. Choi hyangja and Myung hee together go through the struggles of already being out.

Although short (due to controversy), I still enjoyed it. They unfortunately couldn’t push it too much such as passionate kissing or sex scenes (again, a show about lesbians was already pushing it), it was still very enjoyable. All the women are pretty nice to stare at too. I do wish they could’ve done more, even just kissing =(

Yuri Rating: 10/10

Overall Rating: 10/10

MAJOR SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT

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Matsumoto Seicho Special: Yubi (2006)(Japanese)

Starring Goto Maki from Morning Musume and Mari Hoshino

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

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Finding an English link to this was difficult! I’m not sure if I can find the download file for it. Link

The story takes place where Fukue Yumiko (Goto Maki), formerly a struggling performer, is now a world famous actress. However she encounters someone from her past. Suzuki Kaori (Mari Hoshino) who had showed Yumiko kindness by giving the struggling Yumiko a free bowl of Ramen. However, when approaching Yumiko again, Yumiko seems to have changed and brushed Kaori off as a forgotten memory. However, Kaori is now an investigative reporter. While on a different case, searching for a neighborhood dog killer, she accidentally catches Yumiko and points to her as being the dog killer. Thus begins digging into Yumikos past. Examining how she got to where she is now, and why she has changed so dramatically.

A lot of it is saved for the spoilers, but to be quite honest I hated the other women in this movie. The only attractive one was Yumiko and Kaori. And Kaori was straight. OK YES THAT WAS KIND OF A SPOILER. BUT THATS ONLY TO PROTECT YOU. DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP.

There wasn’t really a lot of lesbian action itself. Like most movies, it is way more focused on the storyline. That’s great but, still the other women were….pretty ugly tbh. I’ve seen some of their pics for other movies, and they aren’t that bad. But one was either super old, or one had the weirdest haircut I’ve ever seen. And also pretty old.

Plot was OK. It’s way more about Yumiko’s character rather than plot though so. Plot didn’t really go anywhere.

Yuri Rating: 6/10

Overall Rating: 4/10

MAJOR SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT

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NEWS: Adding Movies & TV to the blog!

Hey all,

Not sure if anyone’s there or cares,  but you may have noticed a new category and list called “TV and Movies” and wanted to inform everyone on what’s to come!

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Is this related? I don’t know. I don’t care.

After speaking with a friend about lesbian movies and TV dramas, we liked them the way we like our Shoujo-ai, not porn. We then realized how hard it is to even FIND said Movies and TV Dramas, and how few there are. Sometimes we’d have no choice but to watch whatever was there.

There’s also the matter of how I would rate the movies. Because they’re so rare, sometimes I take what I can get and although they may not be entirely good.

So, in order to help out the community, I decided to add this addition to the blog. Some are rare gems, some are not so rare. Some are good and some are bad. I will be separating them for you, warning you, and hopefully not wasting your time.

In addition, there are actually very few Japanese lesbian movies (in my books, few) so I will be expanding it to simply “asian”. This will include Chinese, Korean, tagalog or singaporean films as well (if they exist). I will only be doing this for the Movie and TV section, NOT for anime and Manga.

I will only be reviewing and linking those that are English subbed. If it’s not subbed in English,  I will not review it or link it.

At the same time, links to these movies are rare. So I’m trying to get a hold of the download/digital versions of these movies and will either provide a download link, or provide a streaming link for you to watch. As long as I am active on this blog, I will be fixing those links as well. WITH english subs. Please bare with some reviews, they may not have links or downloads simply because they are too hard to find, but don’t you worry I will be working on it and trying to track them down.

If you have any movies pertaining to these (NOT PORN PLZ. But R-rated material I’m cool with), I am more than happy to download and review it for you, and providing a reliable link to the public.

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You can contact me here at: yukarichan.blog@gmail.com

As for rating system, some will be standard such as Yuri rating (blanket term I use for amount of lesbian content) and Overall rating, however because it is film, I am currently thinking about adding another rating system to it.  I will update this post on the new rating system once I have it ironed out.

I hope you enjoy what I have coming! I know I will!

— Yukari-Chan

UPDATE: I have decided not to add any other scales to my reviews. If I decide to change this (probably unlikely) then I will change it, but until then I’m going to leave it as Yuri + Overall.