Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hanamizuki Movie Review

Hanamizuki -May your love bloom a hundred years

Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) in Hokkaido, Japan. Her father Kemimichi (Arata) once planted a dogwood tree in their garden after he found out he had a terminal disease and could not watch Sae grow up. She hopes to enter a university in Tokyo.

She then meets Kouhei (Toma Ikuta), who attends a specialized high school teaching fishery. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a fisherman. These two young people meet and have a long distance relationship. Although their love is strong it does not last.

10 years later these two people have a miracle

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I first watched Toma Ikuta in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e and since then I've watched his other projects. I often think that he's underrated because he always play a support role although he's extremely versatile. So I was happy when I found out about Hanamizuki where he stars with Yui Aragaki the lead actress from Yamapi' Code Blue tv series.

Although I'm more of a feel good romantic comedy girl, once in a while I love to indulge on sappy romance flicks.

The story revolves on Sae (Aragaki), a brainy high school students who dreams and works hard to get into Tokyo university. Gohei (Ikuta), a simple high school boy, studying fishery to continue his family business. It was a story of young love tested by circumstances. Nobody died, had an uncurable disease or a third party involved but it was a tearjerker. I love how real life relationship issues were tackled like how to keep a long-distance relationship and what happens when love is not enough because you have different goals in life?

The lead star's chemisty plus the sceneries in Hokkaido, Canada and New York are great! "Welcome Home" is the new "I love you" and Hanamizuki is definitely one of my favorite Japanese films :)

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