[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
• MATSUMOTO Sei
• UTAGAWA Yasushi
[ Cast ]
• OKURA Tadayoshi FUJII Shuichi
• KIRITANI Mirei SAWAMURA Yoshimi
• TOMOSAKA Rie NAKAMURA Natsuko
[ Staff ]
• Original Story: NAKAMURA Ko
• Screenplay: TAKAHASHI Izumi
• Cinematography: NABESHIMA Atsuhiro
• Sound Recording: FUKADA Akira
• Editor: KIKUCHI Junichi
[ Production Company ]
Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan, SHOGAKUKAN, dub, J Storm, SHOWGATE
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: June 22, 2013
Running Time: 116 min
Genre: Drama, Romance, Feature
Screening Format: DCP,HDCAM,DVD
Screen Size: American Vista (1:1.85)
Sound Processing: Dolby Surround
[ Story ]
Pure romance based on author Nakamura Ko’s bestselling novel of the same name. Uses a delicate touch to movingly depict the love between a youth who loses his memory and a girl afflicted by terminal illness. Broke 150 million yen in box office receipts on its second day in movie theaters.
Fujii (Okura Tadayoshi) gets in a motorcycle accident, and loses part of his memory due to retrograde amnesia. He forgets the existence of his girlfriend Yoshimi (Kiritani Mirei) as well. Eventually they meet again at a friend’s wedding, and it is love at first sight for Fujii. Yoshimi goes along with Fujii’s feelings, without telling him about their past.
[ Official Site ]
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
2013 Hawaii International Film Festival, Spotlight on Japan
Fuji (Okura Tadayoshi) has a motorcycle accident and loses part of his memory. Forget that before the incident he was engaged to Yoshimi (Kiritani Mirei). Four years later the two find themselves at a wedding and Fuji falls in love with Yoshimi again. She returns love but does not tell him anything about their common past nor about the fact that she is now terminally ill with cancer. Without the perception of the past, he proposes them on foot to marry her and she, knowing she has to die, agrees to live a year together. Shortly thereafter, however, Yoshimi starts to get sick but continues to hide her condition. Forced to hospitalize for the last operation, invents the excuse of having to return to the countryside to the parents’ house because she does not want to be seen ill by him. But the secret does not hold and Yoshimi’s sister informs Fuji. Great tearful final on the beach of Hawaii where the two would have wanted to get married.
Based on a bestseller by Nakamura Kō, the film seems to want to paint in a delicate and essential way the love of two young people marked by a nefarious destiny. Pure love and death. There are almost no other characters besides the two lovers, if not Yoshimi’s sister. The dialogues are calm, rarefied. The soundtrack is present only in moments of greater pathos (or presumed). But the operation fails due to lack of credibility both in the assumption and in the development of the story and in the actors’ recitation.
The times of the films for which Hiroki is well known and appreciated, such as Vibrator (2003) or Yawarakai seikatsu (It’s Only Talk, 2005), and also Koi suru nichiyōbi watashi are far away. Koishita (2007), where the theme of the terminal illness of a very young Horikita Maki was treated with great finesse. Every now and then there appears some signs of the past greatness of the director, especially in resuming the movements of the soul on the faces of this young protagonists in front of dramatic existential choices. Even her ability to shoot outdoors and return pregnant landscapes is seen in some scenes. But they are only flashes in the night.
For the rest, we are faced with a trivial merchandise product packaged for an audience of young and grown adults, as confirmed by the presence in the part of the protagonist dell’belle Okura Tadayoshi, aidoru and musician belonging to the group Kanjani8, which obviously signs the column sound. Kiritani Mirei has a beautiful expression of a sulky little girl, but in spite of everything she can not transmit her travail.
Two curious details: the actor in the part of the priest is Mark Schilling, the authoritative film critic of the Japan Times; the producer of the film is Matsumoto Hitoshi, the director, among others, of Dai nipponjin and Symbol.