Seven Days: Friday - Sunday

Seven Days: Friday - Sunday (2015)

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Yuzuru asked Touji out as a half hearted joke, not expecting to be taken seriously. Touji accepted, and Yuzuru knew he was like the rest, relationship begun on a Monday, and dumped on the Sunday. What he did not expect was the feelings that went beyond friendship that emerged. It's now Friday, and the end is approaching. But is it? Yuzuru may be mourning the inevitable, but what about Touji? Friday begins read morethe end, but Sunday reveals all. ~~ Based on the manga with the same name by Tachibana Venio!

  • Native title:

    セブンデイズ FRIDAY→SUNDAY
  • Also Known as:

    Seven Days: Friday to Sunday;

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Michael
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Sep 20, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
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Beautiful sensitive movie, maybe the best BL movie I have seen to date. Great characterization, original premise for the storyline and plot development - the progression of the movie's plot is perfectly attuned to how the contrasting characters of Seryou and Yuzuru come together. There are two lead roles here, not one.
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27 days ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is a review on both "Seven Days: Monday - Thursday", and "Seven Days: Friday - Sunday", because really, the two should be seen in conjunction with each other in order to get a complete viewing experience as both parts make up the whole.

STORY
Actually, I read the manga (also helpfully entitled "Seven Days") on which this short 2 episode series is based on, long before I realised that they actually read more made a live-action version of it. Having enjoyed the short but sweet manga itself and having never seen a proper live-action Boy's Love series prior this one, I was curious enough to check it out.
I will get into the acting for this series in another section but story-wise, both episodes were amazingly faithful and accurate to the manga itself. Here is a short list of just how accurate it was:-
a) The manga itself consists of 2 volumes. The 1st volume being the Monday to Thursday sections, and the second volume having the remaining Friday to Sunday sections. The way the series is split is exactly the same way.
b) Dialogues from the characters are almost word-for-word from the manga.
c) Scenes and events that happen also mirror very closely to those in the manga.
d) What impressed me the most was that even the styling - from the hair, to the way they wear their school uniforms, to even their school bags and the way they carry them, mirrors that in the manga.
It was really as though the manga itself came to life - there were hardly any deviations of it in the live-action series. So, for those who read the manga and enjoyed the story, you would be surprisingly satisfied with this production.
Story-wise, the synopsis is a pretty good summary so I am not sure if I have anything further to add. It really is a simple premise of what started out as a high-school tease between 2 boys to date for a week (seven days), ended up creating feelings which neither were prepared for, and their various insecurities and misunderstandings arising from that.
Like the sound of it? Then do watch. If not, then feel free to give this a pass.

Another thing to note is that the pacing of this live-action short series is rather deliberately slow. I believe that the production team and the director had in mind a pace that was meant to deliberately focus and pause onto the main characters, either to emphasise a scene or an emotion, because this is done consistently throughout the show. It's almost manga-like: you know, that scene where the 2 main leads stare at each other and the wind and leaves just keep blowing by... yeah, that kind of manga-like feel.
If you're not prepared for it, it may sometimes appear as those the scene is being paused, but it's actually a deliberate drawing out of the scene. Some people might find this draggy or boring or weird, but I personally see it as an artistic approach and directorial style, and quite enjoy the slow, deliberate pacing of the show. Most Japanese series tend to be rather snappy and excitable so a mellow, calm-almost-to-stillness show is rather interesting and refreshing as a change.

ACTING/ CHARACTERS
I've mentioned how the whole setting, down to the styling and the outfits, were practically a mirror to that of the manga. Now how about the actual portrayal of the characters?
YUZURU SHINO - the senior whose cool looks apparently seem at odds with his playful and unpredictable personality. Played by James. Looks-wise, I think James does have that cool look befitting the character but I had hoped that he could have acted a bit more "fly-away" or ditzy just to emphasise the dichotomy between his looks and his personality which many people around Shino keep banging on about. It would have made some of the comments from supporting characters a bit more believable and understandable. As it stood, I felt that we had to just accept what we are being told i.e. that Shino's personality is very different from the way he looks. More tell, rather than show, in this aspect, for me.
Having said that, I thought the rest of how James portrayed Shino was well done. The curiosity, the internal dialogues, the progression of feelings and its by-products of uncertainty and jealousy - I thought these were all expressed pretty well by James in his role.
PS: I also liked the way he holds his bow and arrow, and his shooting stance. It did look very cool and natural.
SERYOU TOUJI - the good-looking junior whose inner desire to find The One has led to an appearance of being indiscriminate when it comes to dating and partners. Played by Tomoki. Looks-wise, I personally found Tomoki to look too old for the junior he should be portraying - and not a little older, but quite a lot older, which was was initially rather jarring when I first started watching. Looks aside, Tomoki did not do too bad a job in bringing out the emotions and the feelings of Touji onto the screen. His acting did not come across as natural or as at ease as James playing Shino, but neither was it so bad that it was too awkward to watch, so I would consider his portrayal to be serviceable for the role.
PS: Tomoki's shooting stance looked awkward, stiff and unnatural to me, compared to James and the supporting cast. Pity because he was supposed to be rather effortlessly good at shooting and it does not really come across in this live-action adaptation. But this is a minor quibble.

MUSIC
Befitting the deliberately slow pace of this show, the background music is instrumental, mellow and rather poignant in tone. I thought it matched the mood and the pacing of the series well and personally found it to be a good enhancement to the scenes in bringing out the moment or the mood. Nice.

RE-WATCH VALUE
Seeing as it is a very short show of only 2 episodes or parts, this is easily re-watchable. Overall, it is quite a well done series, barring my minor quibbles outlined above. I can see myself viewing it again.
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Both feature Boy's Love as a central theme, with a senior-junior relationship in high school (for the Seven Days series), or university (for 2 Moons series).

PS: "Seven Days: Friday - Sunday", is the second of a 2-part series.
The first part is "Seven Days: Monday - Thursday" - watch this part first. Please do watch both parts as they are both halves of a whole. With each part lasting approx. under 1 hour 30 minutes, it will only take approx. 3 hours to finish.
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Both feature Boy's Love as a central theme, with a senior-junior relationship in high school (for the Seven Days series), or university (for SOTUS series).

PS: "Seven Days: Friday - Sunday", is the second of a 2-part series.
The first part is "Seven Days: Monday - Thursday" - watch this part first. Please do watch both parts as they are both halves of a whole. With each part lasting approx. under 1 hour 30 minutes, it will only take approx. 3 hours to finish.
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    Rin-channn Feb 3, 2017

    the best...

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    chibiladychoi Jan 13, 2017

    Oh my.. a BL movie that displays chemistry and wont waste your time. Watch out for the kissing scene in the room OMG!! Am i only the one here who thinks Yuzuru looks like Yamapi in some angles while Seiryo looks like L/Oguri Shun? In summary tho, a must watch for fujoshis lol

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    Yuchin4life Jan 7, 2017

    OMG I DIDNT KNOW there's a movie for this. I reread this manga numerous time ;;

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    kailin Dec 26, 2016

    I decided to read the manga before watching it and I have to say if ever two characters perfectly came to life then it would be those two. apart from the sometimes awkward acting, they looked exactly like the drawing. the flow of the story fits the manga, but I think it's missing the internal monologues from the manga to help you understand their feelings. actually they should be awkward, because it is a new experience for both of them.
    and about the actors age, well how many 20+ people have played high school kids in countless movies and tv shows from all over the world?

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    HannahWest Dec 16, 2016

    I really liked this movie but i thought it was a little slow for me, these actors are new to me but i thought Takashi portray Shino really well where as hirose was rather stiff and kinda stay the same throughout. But i think it worked. I wish the kissing scene felt a little more real, and i wish there was more and another movie!! I WANT MORE!! Other then that i loved it.

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    Shibosan Dec 11, 2016 - edited

    Hirose Tomoki ruins it. Looks bad, acts bad and he is freaking 27 years old at that time.

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      Misha Dec 21, 2016 - edited

      This comment made me laugh so much but I agree completely. But personally I think they both had all these qualities (aside from the 27 year old thing). Although Yamada was a better actor.

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    Asianstan Aug 21, 2016

    It was very relaxing and beautiful movie like manga. I cried at the end. Thanks for giving me amazing story to Tachibana-sensei.

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    foreverwitchy Aug 12, 2016

    best bl flick I've seen so far

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    nynex Jun 30, 2016

    I got the chills, and cried a little. Good story :)

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    kitamu Jun 9, 2016

    tbh the movie was slow but i think it really suited the storyline. it follows the manga very well and the movie does a good job of portraying the same vibe and emotions the manga does, which i find pretty rare. the actors were great, too. i know hirose tomoki is a pretty stiff actor, but i'm biased since i love him hehe. i think he really suited the role of touji though because he executes the playful, innocent aura touji has in the manga. it could have just been me but he even added a little sensuality i never felt from touji before lol. yamada takeshi was incredible! played his role so well. overall the movie was great and im so glad i finally got to watch it after waiting for so long haha

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    prettytin May 29, 2016 - edited

    do i need to watch Monday - Thursday first?

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      micheee Jun 15, 2016

      yeah, its easier to understand what its about

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    peaceminushana May 4, 2016 - edited

    Frankly I cried a little throughout but mostly at the end (am I weird?) I loved it it is a very beautiful movie I would definitely watch again, ten fold...

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    Room707 Mar 12, 2016

    Yamada Takeshi is very promising actor. Hirose Tomoki... bruh, that kissing seen... smh lol.
    (I gave my more 'in depth' comment on the first film's page lol.)

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    ZeltzinCorona Feb 15, 2016

    It was really good. I kinda spoiled it do to that I had read the manga before, but it was nice to see it being played out. Though the kissing scenes could have been so much better. They really did not feel natural, more like played out without the feeling of wanting to kiss the other person. But other than that it was really good and so much like the manga. Idk which came out first just so you know. (movie or manga)

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    ClarissaJackson Jan 24, 2016

    Movie was really good, the bedroom kiss scene could have been a lot better on Touji's part, what which all his shaking and lack of enthusiasm in the lip lock, but overall I liked this one better than the first one. Plus job on the covers of both movies, it shows their vulnerability towards one another. Congrats to both actors!

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Jul 4, 2015
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 22 min.

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