Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April (2016)

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Kosei Arima won numerous piano competitions while under the strict watch of his mother. He was known as the human metronome during that time. Since the death of his mother, Kosei Arima has been unable to hear the sound of his piano. Kosei Arima then meets Kaori Miyazono through childhood friend Tsubaki Sawabe. Kaori Miyazono plays the violin and has a free sprit. Since meeting her, Kosei Arima is able to face read morethe piano again. Meanwhile, Kaori holds a secret. ~~ Adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's "Your Lie in April" manga.

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Dec 13, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
So I finally got the time to watch this movie, which they show in cinemas in our country for good of one week, and I watched it on its last day so I barely made it LOL. I haven't seen the anime so I can't compare, I don't know how faithful adaptation it is but I really like what I've seen. I don't feel that the pacing is rushed so it didn't read more end up confusing and each scenes are so vital to the story like If you remove one the story will be affected so in that sense the movie didn't became draggy. But sadly I felt that the story was told in a simplistic way like there are not enough tensions and characters are a bit one dimensional that made me hard to care for them sometimes.

Before watching I already knew the this would be a sad story but at the same time I am confident that I would not cry, I am kind of immune to that since I've seen a lot of sad movies, and I am right, I didn't cry, but that doesn't mean the story is NOT sad cause it is, but I felt that that they made the ending bitter sweet because based on how people describe the anime it would have been a cry fest.

Now for the thing that I really like, the theme in the movie, I love how the movie conveys their connection thru music, I felt that it is so romantic like it is their love letter for each other, and just like the phrase they say to each other "will it reach you?". With that theme conveyed so well only made their performances so much better, technically they are already brilliant but with so much emotions attached to the performance made that scene EPIC.

Cinematography is beautiful, it is one of those colorful Japanese movies, seems to be the trend nowadays. Music is given to be excellent but what I am surprised is how well they play the instruments, one movie come to mind that could rival this in terms of the skills of playing the instruments in a movie and that is Jay Chou's "Secret". I like the ending song as well, I don't understand japanese but its melody captures the ambiance of the movie.

Great acting from both Kento and Suzu, you can tell that they come a long way especially Suzu but now I can say they are capable of portraying complicated characters. It is reported that they went intense training playing violin and piano for their respective roles and it paid off well as their performance is believable, which is important to be called a good adaptation and they nailed it in this department. Side characters are the issue here like I didn't feel them, probably lack of screen time I guess, such a shame though because I really want to see more of Anna Ishii, I felt that her talent was wasted in her role.

I feel that many guys will love this film like imagine one day you saw a beautiful girl under a cherry tree then from that moment your life change, happens to me (not under the cherry tree though).

Kaori: Did I find a place in your heart?

Arima: You step all over it.

-literally me
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Apr 21, 2017
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Since i've actually seen the anime, which was REALLY GREAT I had high expectations for the actual live action movie. Even so this movie kind of disappointed me.

It feels like the story goes by too fast, like, nothing get explained/ showed as much as they did in the anime. People who've watched the anime will know what the story is and miss certain parts in it. For people who never watched read more the anime it may be a lot more enjoyable.

As I said they didn't include lots of necessary scenes;

-Kousei's whole backstory with more throwbacks of what his mom did to him and made him the "man" he is today.

-The black cat that came by in the anime which is a symbol for good luck.

-Kousei meeting Kaori's parents which have a bakery and being all enthousiastic about Kousei being there.

-Tsubaki dating another guy.

-The backstory of Tsubaki and Kousei.

-Kousei and Kaori really getting close to each other.

The music is the best part of this whole movie. It's all about the music. It may be Classical, but it's certainly beautiful and fits the whole theme of the movie. It gives a great dramatic feeling touching scenes and certainly jerks the tears from your eyes.

Anyways I give this movie a total of a 6,5 due the fact that I missed lots of scenes I looked forward to to see.
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-The same themes, Music and Romance
- Amazing performance on musical instruments.
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    alecsandri14 Jun 27, 2017

    I saw the anime...I can't watch this sorry, not again , however if it's at least half as good as the anime it's great

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    LPA Jun 24, 2017

    Cute and simple. Liked it but not a complicated plot. Actors were cute. Nice story with piano/violin playing. Cute and touching. Rated it an 8.0

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    Sueperstar May 9, 2017

    I am rather disappointed in the film. Maybe it's cos they had a limited 2-hour time frame. Im sure the manga and or anime were better. But I just couldnt get the feels. Suzu-chan's acting was awesome as always, but i felt they lack that chemistry.

    I felt that the movie Wolf Girl and Black Prince deliver more feels, even though it was soo horribly shot.

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    Ilaria May 9, 2017

    Very disappointed from this movie :(

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    chibiladychoi May 1, 2017
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    Jemerald523 Apr 23, 2017

    I like the live action. It stays faithful to the plot of the anime. And I was amazed how they actually used the script of the anime.
    Too bad some of my favorite scenes in anime was not in the movie, but it's understandable because they cannot put everything in a 2 hour movie.
    Love all the actors, they portray well all the characters.
    As a fan of anime, I'm not disappointed. It's a good adaptation.

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    ChristineDavenport Apr 22, 2017

    Just watched it! AWESOME movie! *.*

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    Tidu96 Apr 21, 2017

    I really loved the live action!!!

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    Panda Apr 20, 2017 - edited

    - Was I able to make a place for myself in your heart?
    - it became your home.
    This part messed me up ♡

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    KJThaiAddict Apr 20, 2017 - edited

    It was seriously one of the best Live Actions for me.. To People who said it was just okay, Nothing special about it or the plot was predictable..

    Of course you already know the plot of the story. Of course there was nothing special about it.. Because if they (Directors&Staff) were to change the plot of the story you guys will be disappointed because they change the plot.

    Kento being the Kousei was the best He delivered the Emotions and Feels that Kousei really feels. also Suzu showed the emotions and feels of Kaori...

    The Production Crew and the Cast really did a great Job on this Live action ! Hands Down.

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    rosyprincess Apr 17, 2017

    its ok nothing special.

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    Fenvear Apr 16, 2017

    Kento's portrayal of Kosei is seriously the best ever, every emotions and actions were hands down on point.

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    displacedmoon Apr 16, 2017 - edited
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    Shizuka Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Love the movie!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    101Rubellite Apr 16, 2017

    This was really lovely!!! Yamazaki Kento was brilliant in his role


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    Sep 10, 2016
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    2 hr. 2 min.


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