Hot Road

Hot Road (2014)

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"Hot Road" depicts sad and fierce love between 14-year-old Kazuki and 16-year-old Hiroshi.
Kazuki Miyaichi lives with her mother. Kazuki does not like her mother’s boyfriend and she feels that she is not loved by her mother. This leads Kazuki to get into trouble.
Hiroshi Haruyama is a troubled kid who does part-time jobs for a living instead of going to school. He is a member of the motorcycle gang “Nights”.

  • Native title:

    ホットロード
  • Also Known as:

    Hotto Rodo

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kutt
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Apr 17, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I don't know about you, but I'm weak when it comes to motorcycles + gangs. Proven once again.
I've been hesitating to watch this movie since I rarely enjoy romantic plots, because they're either shallow or overwhelmingly cliche /and/ unnecessarily dramatic; but I threw all my expectations aside (motorcycles!) and gave it a shot. I just had a good feeling about it and my instincts never betray me (totally not the motorcycles). read more Alright, I'm just joking.

You know when the movie has a good start you'll either be all optimistic and anticipate every minute of it or you'll be a pessimist and think how it'll go downhill midway through. Funny thing! nothing of such happened. Despite the beautiful filming (and let me point out how neat it was), the plot didn't gave much at first. I couldn't grasp its direction and I couldn't guess if I was happy about what I saw and if I was going to enjoy what was going to happen, but before I found my answers, it grew on me real quick and hit me like a splash of emotions. I do enjoy the movies you can easily relate to.

But this movie stands out not only for the romance, don't be fooled; it manages to mix (beautifully) loneliness, suffering, fear and eventually love, all together in a heavy pack of a simple, yet well-structured plot. The drama effect is strong and it balaces well through the characters, nothing silly in here. The main characters aren't something new, but relatable and true. Their encounter and their relationship is well acted and very realistic. The actors managed to show a mature performance, which is really important for this kind of plot and for the overall atmosphere. But give me a second here, alright — who's this Tosaka Hiroomi and why isn't he in the industry already? He shows real potential and I wish to see him more in the future.

To sum it up, gangs? Check. Motorcycles? Check. (now that's shoujo-ish). But realistic romance? Check. (not so shoujo-ish anymore). Sounds good, right? If it sounds good for you, you should totally watch it.
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mangokid
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Apr 5, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
Coming upon this film, I wasn't aware of the romantic plot line or the fact that it was based off a shojou manga until afterwards. I just kinda' sat down at my cousin's apartment and we initially watched it to kill time and boredom, but oh boy, we had no idea what we were in for: some really good stuff.

The film highly caught my interest within the first few minutes, it's read more got a great, unique pitch. The romantic relationship shown between the main characters was sufficient and so...realistic. This is why I was so shocked when I found out it was based off a shoujou manga - it wasn't cliche' and sappy like most shoujous. This film is an intense coming of age story that depicts more than just love and chemistry - it's about life, which is something very real; and the plot/acting stays true to that intention thoroughly.

I was very surprised with such a difference in Nounen Rena's character, it was very pleasant to see her act as a serious role, instead of her usual comedic-ditzy roles. And she held this new kind of character up to its fullest, she's good! Real good! I mean it, literally. I'm not that into the EXILE TRIBE but it was interesting to see one of the tribe, Hiroomi Tosaka act and not sing. Fun fact: he's hella' talented at both of those things. He did great and I'm kind of shocked that this role was his first acting job - I couldn't tell.

The overall art of the film was warm and touching; the music, development, transitions, and pacing was wonderfully placed.

My only warning is that you shouldn't watch this movie for the kissy-lovey dovey-doki doki attributes that most live action shoujou movies have. Like I said earlier, the film displays much more than their relationship. If you're into realistic-romantic movies, you'll enjoy this a lot.
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Both great and sometimes sad love stories that are extremely touching.
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Mars is one of my all time favourites. Bad boy x Good girl trope. Motorsicles play a big role and the mothers of the female protoganists wont win best parent anytime soon. Epic romance feel.
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    OKasiandrama Feb 22, 2017

    The trailer makes this looks super good! Anyone know if it's subtitled yet?

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    nhii Feb 4, 2017

    the movie was great, the only thing that kinda bothers me is their age.

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    Fay Jan 1, 2017

    what kinda reach??????? tosaka hiroomi looks nowhere near 16

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    Sudapop Nov 5, 2016

    so cute!

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    Lili Sep 25, 2016 - edited

    Is there real romance or is it very subtle?

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      7ines99 Nov 4, 2016

      i think that you can say that it's in the middle ^^

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      Lili Nov 7, 2016

      I wanted romance :(
      Eventually gonna check it anyway though

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      7ines99 Nov 7, 2016

      i think that you should see it. I understand you , I really like movies that have really a lot of romance. But this is one of my favourites so I think you will like it too haha

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      Lili Nov 7, 2016

      Yes!! Gotta admit I'm a cheesy addicted! Lol
      Tks for the tip ;)

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      7ines99 Nov 7, 2016

      twins hahaha you're welcome ^^

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    nyny Aug 24, 2016 - edited

    I love the whole atmosphere of this movie ~~

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    rina285 Aug 23, 2016

    A really wonderful movie. Liked the mellow tone and the directing a lot. Though the romantic story telling was very subtle, it made my heart ache in longing to be young and inncocent again.
    And of course I agree that the main actor is insanely hot :D

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    IwataXtosaka Apr 24, 2016

    watched it for tosaka hiroomi.. he is HOT AF

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    bluesilhouette Apr 1, 2016

    Excellent! Nounen Rena's acting is very good in this movie. I only watched her in Ama-chan before this and I thought she somehow needed to polish her acting a little bit. But, she doesn't disappoint me! :)

    p/s: The male lead is so hot that I, at one point, had to shield my eyes to calm my heart. *hotnessoverload*

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    Akaisora Jan 27, 2016 - edited

    This was quite a beautiful movie to watch, and I really liked the actors. (And I certainly have a thing for "bad boys" so... :D)

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      Weirdestone Feb 2, 2016

      Is there tragedy in this movie??

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      Akaisora Feb 3, 2016

      Do you mean in the movie itself or the ending? (I don't want to accidentally spoil the ending for you in case you don't want that.)

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      Weirdestone Feb 5, 2016

      I meant the ending.. like if one of the girl/guy dies.

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      Akaisora Feb 6, 2016
      Reveal Spoiler »
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    bossmama Dec 20, 2015

    eh, but this kind of story is pretty generic among old shoujo mangas though, and now it becomes something refreshing for the newer generation huh.

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    Reyna-Roma Dec 6, 2015

    Gives off a Bandage/Bad Boys feeling...I am off to read the manga

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    WhiteGoldMVs1 Oct 15, 2015

    This was pure excellence.

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    Bodea Aug 6, 2015

    This was really good despite the melo tone. The leads were adorable and their acting was great. I loved the ending. My only issue is that I would have liked more development with the secondary characters. They seem to have great chemistry as well.

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    G0ldenR0se Apr 15, 2015

    wow, I can only say wow, It was a amazing movie!

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Aug 16, 2014
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 59 min.

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