On Christmas morning, a 14-year-old boy falls from the top of a school building. The police announce the boy's death as a suicide and his parents are in agreement with the report. Rumors though quickly spread about the boy's death. An anonymous note is then received by the police. The note claims that the sender was a witness during the boy's death. The note also claims the boy was killed by three troubled students at the school.
To protect the students, the police hides the anonymous note, but a reporter gets the note. The situation then becomes uncontrollable. Another student dies in an accident. Students are hurt by the situation and decide to hold a trial by themselves to uncover the truth.
Cast & Credits
If you like school genre movies mixed with mistery and bullying this movie is totally worth your time,
Let's begin with the story, we just know that a 14 year old boy has died but we don't really know if it was suicide or a murder. Simple but it ends up being something more than that, like it was expected japanese cinema keeps being good turning a simple plot into a mistery movie but with teenagers. Apparently there aren't bad or good ones in this movie, we don't know if someone is really evil or what circumstances lead to that.
The acting is pretty good actually, the teenagers cast is PERFECT. The teachers are good like some awful teachers like at least you had one in your school. Mainly you'll focus on the teenagers cast obviously and I dare to say that in few years some of these kids will be big in Japan.
The music is mainly for the ending credits but it's a haunting song that fits the mood of the movie.
Would I rewatch this movie? Totally although it puts you in a rollercoaster but totally worth it.
Should you watch this movie? First you need 2 hours of your life well 4 if you want to see the second part haha but I recommend you this japanese gem.
The bully: lol forgot his name, but I thought he was the best actor, and I liked how it portrayed his bullying. The movie didn't water down his bullying at all. I liked how the movie showed that yes, he was human and had his own personal struggles, but bullying is bullying regardless. I actually felt bad and sympathized with Juri, which is something the kdrama could never make me do. It really showed how cruel he can be, but at the same time didn't let us lose hope in him.
Kashiwagi: for as little screen time he has, he really affects the characters and all they do. Ryoko's main reason for holding the trial is to show to herself that Kashiwagi was wrong, she's not all talk and no action. She will act.
Matsuko/the rabbit boy: lol I forgot his name (these japanese names are killing me). I just thought they were both so cute and innocent. They both lighten up the show, and remind us that there's still purity and goodness in the world.
Ryoko: ok this really bothered me. Her whole ordeal is that the adults are inadequately protecting them. This is why she's holding the trial. And then, after telling the adults that clearly the kids need to protect themselves because they're not doing their jobs, she has the gall to ask the adults for the evidence that they collected. Like girl, you just told them that they're incompetent, but now you want THEIR evidence to use in YOUR trial. Seo yeon was gullible at times, but at least she collected her evidence and went through what she said. Kashiwagi is right, this girl is all talk and no action. She'll talk about a trial, and even put up a trial, but she'll do none of the work to go with it. No she'll take the incompetent adults work instead. Now, this may be proven wrong in the second movie, but right now she's just coming off as bratty.
joon yeong vs. rabbit boy: ok, this is something that will only bother you if you've seen the kdrama, but honestly, i like joon yeong's character a lot more. His character really stuck with me after the kdrama. Rabbit boy is cute and funny, but that's it so far. There's no depth, and it honestly saddens me that joon yeong's whole story was an add on (so far, again this could be proven wrong in the second movie).
Suspense: maybe because I've seen the kdrama, but I don't find this supsensful at all. But I think that's just the writing. Because I'm rewatching god's gift for like the 4th time, but I still feel the suspense. I'm just not feeling it in this drama.
Music: There's no music!! I can hear the silence, and it's really annoying. This is the second asian movie I've seen, and it's like they have a thing against music. I mean really, I feel like the suspense thing could be fixed if they just added some suspenseful music.
Overall, I like the kdrama way better. I feel like it has more depth and emotion so far. Would I reccomend this? If you have nothing to do, sure go watch it. But if you're busy I wouldn't waste your time.