Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku

Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (2016)

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Ayase Chihaya is obsessed with a Japanese poem card game called Karuta. After entering high school, she decided to form a Karuta club to meet her previous Karuta childhood friends. However, people refuse to join her club. She then meets Mashima Taichi, her old Karuta friend from her previous school. However, he too refuses to join her club at first, however, after seeing how serious she is about making the club successful, read morehe decided to help her.
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  • Native title:

    ちはやふる 上の句
  • Also Known as:

    Chihayafull; Chihayafuru Part I; Chihayafuru Kami no Ku; Chihayafuru; Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase; Chihayafuru: First Verse;

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Sep 27, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I lowkey regret not having read the manga or watched the anime because this film was SO GOOD. I went into it not knowing much and never having even heard of such a game but boy- it was so, so interesting. The best aspect of the movie is the blend of modern and traditional Japanese culture in a high school setting. The game called Karuta is so amazing. I've never heard of read more the great hundred poems and one day after I learn Japanese properly, I'll probably sit down and read the poems.

The characters are really deep and well-developed in spite of the entire theme being them Karuta players. I love the main girl and her passion and determination for the game was really inspiring. I also loved the dynamics between her and her friends and watching them practice and bicker was very nice. The way these characters come together and decide to go the Nationals was amazing.

The romantic aspect of the film wasn't much but I enjoyed whatever they showed. When the movie gets intense, they also throw in some anime humour which saves it from being too much to handle. I think this film can serve as an inspiration for anyone regardless of what goal you are aiming for. It also shows how not just talent, but perseverance and taking care of your health while working toward your goal is equally important.

The main actress is really pretty and the main actor was also cute. I don't know any of the other side actors but they also did good jobs of their characters. Like I said, a big traditional side to the film exists and that makes it way more intriguing to watch. Like in the poster, the costume of the main girl was very beautiful to look at. So there's an aesthetic value attached to the film.

I think(?) there's a sequel to this film which is MUCH NEEDED because the ending left scope for a lot to happen. I think this has convinced me to read the manga and watch the anime because I've clearly not got enough of these characters. There's also a lot more story that can be told and I want more- so yeah.

I am super glad I didn't pass it up because that would've been such a waste. Hopefully by the time the subs come out for part 2, I'll have read the manga and I hope there will be more romance. The leads are so cute that I-can't-even...... Go watch it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Oct 21, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
After a long time waiting for this, I finally got the chance to watch. If you are familiar with the anime or the manga, you can follow the story and will have a better eye to evaluate the movie, but if you don't know anything about the story, I highly recommend you watch least the anime right now, because IT IS SO GOOD, and you don't know wwhat you are missing all read more this time.
I was very satisfied with the movie overwall, Chihaya is very accurated, so as Arata and Taichi. And OMG, how not to love Taichi!!! I could feel the same passion for this actor as I felt for the character in the anime, he was my favorite this movie. He is one of the most "real" I have ever seen in a manga, because he is not perfect (this is realy hard to find in a male lead). To supporting roles are so wonderfull too! They are exactly the same as the anime, so the cast was totally very well chosen. Don't get me wrong but I hate when I watch a live action and they change a lot of the story or the cast doens't look like the original story, I know that real people are not like anime/manga, but at least make their hair and style the same.
The music is good, but I didin't end this live action looking for the OST.
I am sure I will be back for this movie whenever I feel bored, because it is very well done.
I also have to say that the moments when they are playing karuta are not boring at all, I find it really interesting how they can make a movie about a card game and make the playing parts so good (I asked myself this while watching the anime too, because I though at first I will think it was boring.) - I love the cards flying and that stuff.
So, if you guys didn't watch the movie - GO and watch it. If you already watched - GO and find the anime. You won't regret it. It is a josei story but it is REALLY good.
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    namopanik Jun 9, 2017 - edited

    That's Taichifuru more than Chihayafuru, but without Taichi's backstory and his complex frenmity with Arata (who's pretty much cut out and his story rearranged). Motivation for almost every character are weak or barely sketched and all side characters serve just as a backdrop for Taichi's angst. The main point of giving or not giving the number is ridiculous, since we already saw that Chihaya can contact Arata on her own (but the lack of means of communication was among things I never fully bought even in anime).
    One thing the movie does better than anime is getting rid of the internal monologue which was severely overused. It also succeeds in delivering the passion for karuta and its fierceness (but for someone unfamililar with the topic, the rules will probably be unclear and there's neither strategy in game nor progress in characters abilities).

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    namopanik May 16, 2017

    How does it compare to anime version? does it put more emphasis on the love triangle part? I wasn't a fan of the tournament formula, but I like the characters very much and want to see what happens to them!
    Do movies reach further than anime? Is one movie equivalent of a season?

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    ReilaNimu Apr 21, 2017

    I loved this. I liked it more than the anime!

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    claudya87 Apr 17, 2017 - edited

    The manga/anime is good..the series..not so much. Watching it without previous knowledge would've probably been better.

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      namopanik Jun 9, 2017 - edited

      watching unprepared would rather be super confusing, both for what exactly karuta is and for Taichi x Chihaya x Arata (x Queen) situation.
      /but after Part 2 I see they're forming two obvious pairings and throwing the ambiguity out of the window, so the second part doesn't matter anymore.

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    Mikoto Mar 26, 2017

    I love this so so much! I am so interested in the Japanese culture after watching this. so worth it!

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    nouR Feb 3, 2017 - edited

    which one is first i am confused ? so one tall me ?

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    RosieAllen Dec 10, 2016

    it was the best adaptation. Roles are suit each character. Good job. Chihaya please look at Taichi he always there for you.

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    Sueperstar Oct 30, 2016

    This movie surprised the hell outta me. I came in with zero expectations. And left, impressed. Saw Shuhei in a different light through this movie. <3 And I can see why people are full of praises for Hirose Suzu. (it's my first time watching her in a drama/movie). EXCELLENT ADAPTATION!

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    mamamIYA Oct 26, 2016

    I only found out the Shuhei was here when I was watching it already lol

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    natia1992 Oct 16, 2016

    One of the best manga/anime adaptations! The plot was not rushed and each character was well played! Absolutely love it <3

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    Kikka Oct 15, 2016

    Loved it! :D Now off to see the 2nd part xD

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    addicted2dramas Oct 14, 2016

    After watching the anime, the casting seems to have been perfect.

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    Kaitonic Oct 7, 2016

    Just watched this movie and i love it.Well I am big fan of the manga/anime and even if there is some change, the movie remain faithful :)

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    Asianfireflies Sep 29, 2016

    really like this movie..waiting for rthe second part^^


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    Mar 19, 2016
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    1 hr. 51 min.


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