Director and screenplay: Hiroki Ryūichi
· Fukushi Sōta
. Arimura Kasumi
· Yamada Yūichi
· Satō Arisa
· Irie Jingi
. Kuroshima Yuina
Production: TOHO, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KEN ON, FLaMme, East Japan Marketing & Communications, NIPPON SHUPPAN HANBAI, KDDI, GYAO!
Running Time: 116 min
Release Date: March 14,2015
Official Site: www.strobe-movie.com
Love between high school students. Ninako loves Ren, the school’s good, but he is engaged to Mayuka, who is the model. Yuki, in the past friend of Ren, loves Ninako but is not reimbursed. Eventually, Ninako and Ren come into contact and Ren appreciates the purity and integrity of Ninako. They meet repeatedly, sometimes by chance. Ren leaves Mayuka thinking of engaging with Ninako but things get complicated because Mao appears, Yuki’s old love and sizzling sowing ….
Hiroki Ryūichi, in his long career, has produced some disruptive titles that remain imprinted in memory, such as Vibrator (2003) and Yawarakai seikatsu (It’s Only Talk), and then alternate work accomplishment more than interesting to others that are not frankly understood the reason to exist beyond the box office empire. In the first group there are films like Koi suru nichiyōbi watashi. Koishita (2007), where the subject of the terminal illness of a young Horikita Maki was treated with great fineness, or the recent Otoko no isshō (Her Granddaughter, 2015), on the atypical relationship between a professor of scurvy philosophy and the nephew of his old teacher. In the second group belong titles like Raiou (The Lightning Tree, 2010) or 100 kai nakukoto (Crying 100 Times -Every Raindrop Falls, 2013).
Strobe Edge, similarly to the recent and completely different Sayōnara Kabukichō (Kabukicho Love Hotel, 2015), is somewhat in the middle of the two groups, with the mean of which, hopefully, Hiroki sooner or later rises. His ability to penetrate adolescent psychology and his sensual and open look towards young girls continue to be remarkable but seem to be put to the service of little, in this case of a neoromantic story taken from a Sakisaka manga. which in more than one sequence is fine to itself.
You appreciate the intelligent way in which Hiroki follows the behaviors of these high school students, a less stereotypical way than usual, without glamor and no winking on the spectator. But it’s a little bit to make them credible. The youth world that Hiroki draws is out of the reach of reality and in order to arouse some emotion he has to rely on sequences of artificial fires as if they were special effects (beautiful, though). Noteworthy are the long vertical trolleys inside the school.