Movie day: Les misérables

“If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.”

The first of march is over, which means that the monthly movie day in Japan is over as well. A day where once every month, the price of the tickets at the cinema takes a deep steep downwards. I tend to go together with Lin for most of those days, last month was of course The Hobbit. And this month was Les misérables.

I think that musicals in general can be really great, I love singing and it´s a great medium to convey a message with. I thought that Les misérables was great and something that everyone should give a try. The music was really beautiful and the characters fit perfectly with their actors. The musical conveys a lot, the more central of course being love but definitely not just to the normal extent. It expresses freedom, second chances but most of all standing united behind a cause.

I´ll include the Oscar performance, since it´s really beautiful.

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Sitting in a cinema filled with Asians made me think as of how they perceive it due to language barriers, since a English speaking Japanese is a rare commodity. In a normal everyday film the subtitles are more than enough but when it comes to musicals, I think that a lot will be lost in translation. Understanding the lyrics the way they are sung makes it inspiring. Inspiration that probably pales if you´d have to get the message through subtitles.

I´m really looking forward to seeing The host whenever it comes to Japan. It´s pretty annoying that they´re so far behind the rest of the world.

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