[Review] Yokai Ningen Bem Movie


Televised last fall, “Yokai Ningen Bem” (Humanoid Monster Bem) follows the story of three monsters- Bem, Bela, and Belo– in their quest to become humans. Despite their devious background, each of them has an innate goodness, but their appearance makes them wary of being seen in public. The said drama was deemed as “family-friendly” which stars Kamenashi Kazuya. “Yokai Ningen Bem” inherited the soul from the popular 60’s anime where views on good vs evil were challenged. In likelihood of “Dark Knight”, the scenes was wrapped with joy and tears, which was more than excellent. In the movie version, it further tackles deeper problems.

Arisa Mizuki plays a mother who fell into the dark side after she got victimized by a pharmaceutical company, which resulted to her “monstrous” appearance. Filled with hatred, she made it her vendetta to perish the human kind. The big screen focuses on the battle between the humans and those who are not. Is the purpose of this type of business is really evil? (—I think he is talking about that pharmaceutical company) Isn’t [they] supposed to be pursuing to prolong life, aesthetics, and to live a comfortable life? Society does not view these companies as evil since they fulfill human desires albeit the casualties. I cannot recall any other human disaster except after 3.11 and it needed some reflection. If there is one thing I learned from Masafumi Nishida’s writing is that we must stop evil before it even happens.

In a clashed between ideals and justice, where science is supposed to bring happiness to man while “darkness” is to evil. The usual view of the world that monster is evil is wrong since men can also be the precursor to evil things. In the movie, the soul of the drama is its special effects that will surely become an antithesis in the world of TV. Although the production, as compared to the screenplay, can not be substituted with the movie’s dynamism, I would like to praise the boldness [of the production] to release this movie ahead of New Year. This movie, even though it is in the form of fantasy, presents the darkness of present-day Japan, a country of “juvenile land of HOPE”.

eiga critic

LOL…this is why I hate critics, they make reviews as though they are conducting a science research instead of merely talking about the movie per se. Oh well, it’s obvious that the said critic would rather focus in analyzing society problems that was shown in the movie rather than actually talking about the movie’s main theme. I soooo hope that I could come across a much-better and more fan-biased review. XD


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