30 December 2009

のだめカンタービレ 最終楽章 前編 Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō - Zenpen

Title: のだめカンタービレ 最終楽章 前編 Nodame Kantābire (Nodame Cantabile) Saishū Gakushō - Zenpen
English Title: Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score (Part 1)
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2009
  • 上野樹里 Uneo Juri
  • 玉木宏 Tamaki Hiroshi
  • 福士誠治 Fukushi Seiji
  • ウエンツ瑛士 Wentz Eiji 
  • ベッキー Becky
  • 山田優 Yamada Yu
  • 谷原章介 Shosuke Tanihara
  • 竹中直人 Takenaka Naoto
  • 吉瀬美智子 Kichise Michiko
  • 山口紗弥加 Yamaguchi Sayaka
  • 瑛太 Eita
  • 小出恵介 Koide Kesuke
  • 水川あさみ Mizukawa Asami
  • 木村了 Kimura Ryo
  • 松岡璃奈子 Matsuoka Rinako
  • 松岡恵望子 Matsuoka Emiko
  • 近藤公園 Kondo Koen
  • 坂本真 Sakamoto Makoto

Chiaki Shinichi wins a prestigious international competition and he becomes the new permanent conductor for Roux Marlet Orchestra. Although the orchestra has a long and illustrious history, the current orchestra is managed poorly due to lack of funding.

Noda Megumi or Nodame prepares for her graduation exam and she aims to get a high grade. Her future plans include competing in international competitions and performing with Shinichi's orchestra.

I like Nodame Cantabile because it's a way to educate people about classical music and a way to encourage people to appreciate orchestra. I don't know a lot about classical music but I really like the movie's soundtrack.

Chiaki Shinichi and Noda Megumi, or Nodame, are still pursuing their dreams in Paris, France. I still miss the other characters in the drama but I have already accepted the fact that I won't see them in this production.

Although Shinichi won first place in a prestigious international competition, he wasn't hired by any renowned orchestra. His non-employment is made worse by the fact that the person who won second place was hired by a well-known orchestra soon after the competition ended. Shinichi must be utterly humiliated at the time but it's good that his confidence in himself and in his abilities are not shattered.

Roux Marlet Orchestra had an illustrious history but it is currently in a despairing condition. Shinichi even accidentally found out that the main reason why the orchestra hired him as the new permanent conductor is because of his lack of experience, which means his fees are cheaper than other established orchestra conductors.

Shinichi has the overwhelming task of restoring the orchestra to its former glory. However, he has to work with musicians who have family obligations and responsibilities. The musicians only have a very limited time to dedicate to training although they are passionate about music. I really admire the musicians for still pursuing their passions even though it is easier to just forget music and focus on work and family responsibilities.

I'm enjoying the interactions between Yasunori Kuroki and Tanya Vishnyova. I'm glad they are featured longer in the movie and I really hope they get more screen time in the next and last installment of the Nodame Cantabile series.

のだめカンタービレ Nodame Cantabile
のだめカンタービレ in ヨーロッパ Nodame Cantabile in Europe
のだめカンタービレ 最終楽章 後編 Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō - Kōhen

のだめカンタービレ 最終楽章 前編 Nodame Kantābire Saishū Gakushō - Zenpen