A hopeless woman and a hopeless man.A woman that loves the man whatever happens, and a man that can't exactly express his feelings and just turns over the table, out of irritation, short temper, and sometimes love.
("Jigyaku no uta" is based on a manga of the same title created by Gouda Yoshie. First published in 1996 the manga has so far sold more than 300,000 copies.)(Asianwiki)
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Happily Ever After is a love story like only the Japanese can make. Calm, contemplative and quirky on the surface, thought-provoking and nuanced in its subtext. It's a story underpinned with optimisism & hope even whilst its packaging is tinged with darkness.
- Overall 9
- Story 9
- Acting/Cast 10
- Music 6
- Rewatch Value 10
I loved this movie for it's many layers. Abe Hiroshi and Nakatani Miki in the lead roles offered up some stellar acting. Their performances did not disappoint at all.
For about two hours we're transported into the dreary, uneventful lives of Isao and Yukie, two lost souls, co-dependent, broken ... both trying to claw their way towards a better future but not knowing how. Their relationship is not the healthiest you'll ever see, but somehow they make it work, together, in all its dysfunction.
There's a lot of love there, even when you're just about convinced there isn't.
I loved the strong sense of loyalty and acceptance of each other that existed between Isao and Yukie. These characters dared to show each other who they were: the rawness, the imperfections without fear of rejection or judgement. At the same time, they epitomized the saying 'can't live with you, can't live without you' so well it's beautiful.
Another thing that pulled me into this story even further was it's rich commentary on life and our need as human beings to feel a sense of purpose, acceptance and belonging. The movie argues that these are important requirements to living a contended life, happily ever after, and I tend to agree.
With all round wonderful performances and a beautiful story of new beginnings there's no way I could score this less than a 9.Moreover, Japanese happy endings are the best! They're always sweet, poignant and whimsical, just the way I like it.
NOTE: If you choose to watch this film, and I hope you do, please keep in mind that there's one final sequence AFTER the credits roll. It's one of the best scenes in the movie so you won't want to miss it! :-)
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