[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
• WADAKURA Kazutoshi
• FUKUSHIMA Satoshi
[ Cast ]
• AYASE Haruka KAGAMI Atsuko
• OKADA Masaki HAYASE Naoto
[ Staff ]
• Original Story: AKATSUKA Fujio
• Screenplay: YAMAGUCHI Masatoshi
• Screenplay: OMORI Mika
• Screenplay: FUKUMA Masahiro
• Music: ENDO Koji
• Planning Producer: NOMA Kiyoe
• Planning Producer: YAMAGUCHI Masatoshi
• Cinematography: KARASAWA Satoru
• Lighting: ISHIDA Kenji
• Sound Recording: KANAZAWA Masao
• Production Design: IWAKI Namiko
• Set Decorator: MATSUDA Mitsuse
• Editor: MORISHITA Hiroaki
[ Production Company ]
NTV, Hint. Inc., SHOCHIKU, DENTSU, HoriPro, YTV, D.N. dreampartners, VAP, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., DeNA, SHOGAKUKAN
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Running Time: 120 min
Screening Format: 35mm/ HDCAM (English subtitles)
Screen Size: Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
Sound Processing: Dolby Digital
[ Story ]
A live-action adaptation of Akatsuka Fujio’s girl’s manga (which also became a popular animated television series), featuring a brand-new story. A precocious 10-year-old elementary school girl is transformed into a 22-year-old university student by a magical compact. It has many elements befitting a girls’ movie, including numerous costume changes and romance in the cosmetics industry.
Fashion-crazy Akko (Ayase Haruka) ends up working part-time at a cosmetics company, and finds it difficult to keep her composure around an elite staff member (Okada Masaki). In actual fact, she is a little girl who has been magically transformed into an adult.
[ Official Site ]
Akko, a 10-year-old elementary school student (Yoshida Riko) who loves makeup and cosmetics since she was young, receives a magic compact from the mirror spirit (Kagawa Teruyuki) that can transform her into anything. Akko turns into an adult (Ayase Haruka), meets Naoto, an employee of a beauty products company (Okada Masaki), and is hired by him to provide young ideas to the company. But the work environment, in addition to allowing it to attend the beloved Naoto, hides terrible pitfalls. The poor girl, who every evening when she leaves the office turns back into a child to go home to her mother, soon finds herself in a criminal plot to take over the company. Faced with a threat that endangers Naoto’s life, he must choose whether to reveal his secret to save him, thus losing his magical powers.
The peculiarity of the story, taken from a series of famous manga in the ’60s, is in the contrast between the twenty-two-year-old body of Akko and his mind as a child of ten years. The resulting behavior and the highlighting of the differences between adults and children have an irresistible comedy potential.
Unfortunately, the director Kawamura Yasuhiro – director of television drama and co-signer of one of the two episodes of the film adaptation of the successful drama Nodame cantabile – does not have the intellectual and artistic skills to give substance to this idea and, except for some shy ideas in the direction of comedy by contrast, takes refuge in the most convenient farcical illustration of the corporate conspiracy. Too bad, a missed opportunity.
In its limited nature, however, the film indirectly expresses itself as a relevant contemporary phenomenon, especially in Japanese society. As was appropriately emphasized by Kokaji Katsuo in his review for Yomiuri Shinbun, in the 1960s, the adult world and the children’s world were strictly separate. As a result, we could believe that the children were pure. Then the border between adults and children begins to dissolve. Nowadays, children who seem adults become adults who look like children.
The male protagonist, Okada Masaki, competes against the failure of the film, whose face of eternal whining child is literally unbearable and totally inadequate for the role. The only perfect one for the part is Ayase “Bambi” Haruka, whose laughing traits sometimes a bit childish and whose stunned eyes have no competitors.