Friday, September 25, 2009

Icon of the Moment: Geek Chic


A few months ago, I watched "Letters From Iwo Jima," a film about the Allied Force's attack to a Japanese stronghold in the Pacific. The director, the magnificent Clint Eastwood, intended to make this movie a partner to "Flags of Our Fathers". Wherein "Flags" portrayed the story in the Americans' perspectives, "Letters" focused more on the Japanese side of the same story. Besides the usual gore, "Letters From Iwo Jima" dramatically showed how people who disdain the idea of violence in the name of patriotism are affected, and eventually pushed into the very thing they hate.

On a less bitter note, I found the cast superb. Especially the enigmatic Ryo Kase who played the stoic worrywart, Shimizu. I wanted to know more about this actor so I watched the film premiere's footage in Tokyo. I was just enthralled at how Ryo contrasted my expectation of how Japanese actors dress up in such highly publicized events. Whereas his cast mates dressed in prim suits that slightly resembled war uniforms, Ryo opted for something less formal and less contrived by sporting an oversized shirt and cardigan. Personally, the look was so effortless and geeky (in a good way). Add the bob and dark-rimmed glasses, and tada! geek chic personified.

6 comments:

Abby Kihano said...

awwww i love his geeky style. he's cute!

wait is this the movie you have in your flash drive?! O_o

Trish said...

i agree with abby! the geekyness he has makes him cute! & i dont fancy asian guys much! so thats a big thing coming from me LOL

Nico said...

I thought you guys would comment on the movie! Well, that's funny how you think he's cute now.

And no this is not the movie in my flash drive.

Trish said...

@nico - haha i've actually never seen the movie before so i can't possibly say anything about it =| movie night i must agree!

Jessica said...

Geek chic! I love it!

Actually, geeks are kind of taking over the scene nowadays. Look at Adam Brody, gosh his geeky style and look is just...awww, cute! I want me some of his geekiness. I just love him, second to leonardo of course. But see, leo is like my man as in adult crush. Adam is like my geeky, boy-next-door crush. So I guess they're different :)

Manju said...

i'm not much into geek chic style but even i'll admit this guy is cute ;P

FML is annoying internet slang for 'Fail My Life'. see: http://www.fmylife.com/

and fireflies in french = lubellules
isn't that the cutest word ever? ^^ haha i love saying it

have a lovely sunday Nico

xx