Directed by Fukagawa Yoshihiro
Subject : the novels of Hashimoto Tsumugu
Screenplay: Masafumi Nishida
Cinematography : Hikaru Yasuda
Running Time: 129 min
Release Date: April 3, 2010
Score ★★★☆☆ 3/5
PIA : Comments : 4/5 of the rooms exit : 75/100
Two seventeen year olds are hospitalized for different reasons. Yuichi (Ikematsu S ō suke) have hepatitis, while Rika (Kutsuna Shiori) you have severe heart disease. Despite the profound difference – he cocky and insecure, she quiet and dominatrix – become friends and soon the friendship becomes love. In parallel, a doctor at the hospital continues to droop on the death of his wife that he has heart surgery six years ago …
Based on a series of novels and manga then become even drama, the story may seem the quintessence of banality but the touch of Fukagawa Yoshihiro, who has already signed inter alia the significant Ookami shō jo (When the Show Tent Came to My Town ), it turns it into a poignant portrait sensitivity. Love and death reign supreme but sapentiemente are kept to a minimum volume, as a kind of basso continuo that rather than influence, accompanies the various events. The real story, fact is that feelings and sensations imperceptible of two teenagers, taken in their anxieties, uncertainties and even sweet fresh foods. Gracile and impetuous at the same time, are remarkably true to our eyes.
The images show a cure definitely above average for this type of movie, with a constant attention to the choice of light and soft and moderate colors that express well the states of transient and fleeting mood of the characters. Both young actors are good in their respective roles, while Mari Hamada in the part of the head nurse seems to have stopped, possibly for script requirements, the sensuality of the past.