I believe that creativity is a vital part of language learning, so I’ve been incorporating it as much as possible in the game. It keeps curiosity and enthusiasm alive – what a better cure against a language learning crisis?
Instead of forcing myself to study in a traditional way I am allowing time to enjoy my favourite activities and only when possible to get a little language take away from it.
So here are two good Japanese movies I watched this month and I recommend whether you are studying the language or not. Each of them inspired me a tiny Japanese lesson to share with you, I hope you enjoy it!
Do you have any recommendations for Japanese movies? Do you usually focus on a specific vocabulary area or grammar topic when watching a movie in your target language?
After Life – Hirokazu Koreeda, 1998
Original title: ワンダフルライフ Wandafuru raifu
Recent works of Koreeda are sometimes compared to Yasujiro Ozu (though he feels closer to Ken Loach) for his attention to family dynamics and to everyday life’s details. Some of his earlier works though have more of a supernatural approach. This is the case with his 1998 movie After Life. This film uses an interesting narrative device in order to explore human feelings and the varied experiences people go through during their lives.
Language takeaway: words and expressions used to talk about the past or your memories.
Air Doll – Hirokazu Koreeda, 2009
Original title: 空気人形 (くうきにんぎょう Kūki Ningyō)
A beautiful, heartrending, dreamy and cruel movie about an air doll, created as a sexual substitute for men, that magically comes to life. Koreeda delivers another movie brimming with humanity, a beautifully directed work enhanced by an impeccable soundtrack.
Nozomi, the protagonist gracefully played by Korean actress Bae Doona, discovers the world little by little as if she was a child. Her lines of dialogue are spoken clearly and slowly. Moreover, other characters give her explanations of concepts she doesn’t know, providing you with some good examples of monolingual definitions.
Language takeaway: Grammar – ～て形+しまう -te form + shimau