Antique review 2Posted: January 8, 2011
However, I won’t tell the story in detail.
If you had read this book, it’s meaningless to tell the story, and if you not, I want you to read the book yourself.
Humi Yoshinaga ‘s storytelling is very dexterous, and I’m absolutely certain that you will enjoy it.
(Regarding “Warau Iemon”, I wrote about the plot-line in detail story in order to practice my English writing, but when I upload this article to a website, I should write in a different way. It wille be a more streamlined version.)
In this article, I’d like to write about the “Antique” movie and compare it with the original manga.
The Antique movie was released on November 13, 2008. The movie drew more than 1 million moviegoers within its first two weeks of release, making it one of the most successful Korean movies ever made.
The difecter, Min Gyu Dong said in an interview that he was atracted to the story as soon as he read i. He had since been hoping to adapt it into a movie.
It took a long time to find actors who could play characters in the manga well. He appointed Joo Ji Hoon and Kim Jae Wok after all.
The movie was also released in Japan in April, 2009.
Of course, I went to watch it immediately.
Watching the movie, I thought that it was very faithfull to the original manga, and it was not a mere copy (like the “Warau Iemon” movie) but a well elaborated movie.
Of course, it is impossible to make a four volume manga series into a standard length film, without changing anything. Humi Yoshinaga’s mangas always have a large amount of information. In ghe original manga, there are many ebisodes. But, due to time constrains they were not included in the movie.
Therefore, the movie focused the story about the two main character, Tachibana and Ono. Most of the episodes about Chikage, Eiji and the costumers for Antique were cut. It that These episodes are so nice that it was little bit of a shame that they were cut, but it was unavoidable.
One of the charms of the manga is that the cakes in the story look very delicious. Why do the cakes look so delicious? I think it is because of Yoshinaga’s drawings and also the dialogs of the characters, especially Tachibana’s salestalk. Yoshinaga writes a lot of dialogs about the cakes and it make the readers imagine how nice they are.
However, if these dialogs had been taken into the scenario of the movie, the movie might have been very redundant and boring.
The directer showed a scene in which many cakes were made during a montage with many short cuts of beautiful cakes speedily. These techniques succeeded in expressing the tastiness of the cakes to the audience.
My favorite character in the manga is the patissier, Ono. In the movie, he was given a Korean name, Son Woo.
He is a character with a very complicated attractiveness. In his private life, he is demonically charming gay (and playboy). However, at the work, he is a talented patissier, stoically working professionall, andis a good teacher for Eiji.
Before watching it, I was worried about what character he became in the movie, but Kim Jae Wok, who played Son Woo., was perfect. He performed this complicated role splendidly.
However, Son Woo is not necessarily the same as Ono. He is younger and more sensitive than Ono.
The difference could be seen clearly in the headhunting episode with Jean Baptiste.
Jean Baptiste is chef and owner of a famous patisserie in France and Ono’s ex-boyfriend. He tried to headhunt Ono as chef patissier of a branch of his store, with a large salary.
Tachibana pretends to be calm as opposed to Eiji and Chikage who were not calm at all. In fact, Tachibana was panicing inside. He ran around trying to raise money, but he was no match for Jean. Although he tried to find a patissier who could replace Ono, he couldn’t find anybody as good as Ono. Moreover, Ono seemed like he was already getting back with Jean.
As a last resort, Tachibana asked Ono;
“If I said I’d sleep with you, would you stay at our store?”
This is an episode showing how important the store is for Tachibana. He was so desperate that he made such a offer in spite of homophobia.
The incidents in the manga and the movie are almost the same, however, the descriptions of emotions of Ono and Son Woo are delicately different.
In the original story, when Tachibana asked him, Ono laughed and said that he had never intended to leave the store from the beginning.
In the movie, Son Woo was wounded emotionally since Jin Hyuk(Tachibana’s name in the movie) made such a offer that he didn’t want to do. He seems to have a stronger feeling for Jin Hyuk than Ono to Tachibana.
This delicate difference was very interesting to me. Son Woo is my favorite too.
This movie is enjoyable for Yumi Yoshinaga fans and also those who are not a fan.
I recommend it strongly.
(Antique review end)