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) Add Synopsis In Portuguese
Cast & Credits
I loved this movie for its 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 contented 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 them.
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! :-)
"Happily Ever After" is a three-part film; The first half is the dramatic crazy comedy. The chemistry of Nakatani Miki and Abe Hiroshi was great. The second half for the most part, however, is directly geared toward drama. It was a long string of reminiscences that I found a bit slow, by Japanese standards. As for the last part, but precisely the last 15 minutes of this film comes the emotional melodramatic sequence.
Although the ending really messes with the viewer, it just generally focuses on manga-based comedy. The director tried to make it a bit too deep for a comedy with the drama and melodrama section and that ruined the whole movie. The ending features an epiphany scene, but it was not enough to save this movie.
Highlighted for the versatility of Abe Hiroshi, Nakatani Miki also did a very good job in his leadership role.