A movie adaptation of Japanese novel Socrates in Love, written by Kyoichi Katayama: In a small town of southern Japan, Sakutaro “Saku” Matsumoto and Aki Hirose, classmates since junior high, become high school students. During this time they begin to date and their conversations circle around the idea of what love really is, beginning after Saku’s grandfather shares his own past love story with Saku. After a trip the two take to an abandoned island, Aki discovers she has leukemia, which limits her chances to go outside or see Saku. Once Saku learns the truth, he buys flight tickets to take Aki to Australia’s Uluru (Ayers Rock); a place she had always wanted to visit after missing the school trip there, but she dies before she could board the plane. The story takes place as a flashback through Saku’s eyes as he and Aki’s parents travel to Australia to spread Aki’s ashes in the place she had always wanted to see. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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Katayama's novel has been adapted several times since it was published in 2001. In Japan it was reworked as a manga (2004), TV drama (2004), radio drama (2004) and musical (2005), as well as a film 2004, Directed by Yukisada Isao, the way it is best known internationally. In addition, it was remade in South Korea as My Girl & I (2005), directed by Jeon Yun-su starring Cha Tae-hyeon and Song Hye-gyo, a free adaptation that was not particularly successful in South Korea despite Of Cha's popularity a few years earlier in "My Sassy Girl."
Unlike the novel and the Japanese film, Gwak's version focuses on the girl rather than the boy, and despite casting references to Australia's "Ayers Rock" (a large part of realizing book's desires), it is weakened For a performance similar to a "Zhang" doll that, even more than in "Coming Home and Forever Young" of 2015, does the job.
"Crying Out In Love" does not display any special star quality which is a shame coming from a director who is usually focused on strong female characters. Without being anything special, unfortunately, it is nothing more than a dramatic highlight. Among the rest of the cast, Gao Taiyu has some strong moments as the couple's best friend, but is then abandoned by the script.
The film was poorly planned, very tight for an hour and a half of duration which is visible from the middle to the end. Panoramic photography and set design make the most of Qingdao's seafront environment, in addition to occasional sporadic occasions that show the two "lanes" in four seasons that would not be out of place in a novel.
In general, highlight the presentation of emotions in the film, as it can convey the impression of being happy or sad to the public. The selection of actors and actresses has also become one of the reasons why the film is good because they really dominate their roles conveying the emotions. On the other hand the history of this film is partly causing confusion of the spectators because the story is not sequential, all the emotion is lost due to the numerous adaptations.
"Crying Out In Love" teaches us how to preserve and cherish the one we choose to love, so I recommend it!