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  • Movie: Solanin
  • Country: Japan
  • Duration: 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 479 users)
  • Ranked: #1078
  • Popularity: #1819
  • Members: 1,157

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Ratings: 7.8/10 from 479 users
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Meiko (Aoi Miyazaki ) is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo (Kengo Kora) lives in her apartment, because his part-time job as an animator doesn't pay enough to pay the rent. Furthermore, Naruo tentatively fronts a rock band that hasn't got out of the "practice" stage.
One day, Meiko decides she has had enough with her office job and quits. WhenNaruo hears of her decision, he reacts with trepidation fearing their lack of income may put a crimp on his rock band hopes. Meiko does have enough money saved to live for a year without working and hopes to find herself during this time. Meiko would also like Naruo to become serious with his band. Without knowing what tomorrow will bring, can Meiko find happiness and will Naruo's band ever become more than a pipe dream?

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2010
  • Duration: 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 479 users)
  • Ranked: #1078
  • Popularity: #1819
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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5 people found this review helpful
Jun 9, 2012
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 8.0
The movie was a manga adaptation from Asano Inio's art and it has so many significant parallels that I felt like I was reading the manga all over again while watching the movie with the plus of music. (Which was pretty fantastic by the way) Though some situations were not brought up in the film, i.e. one of the guys was really in love with the main protagonist but that wasn't really dwelled on, the thought of the manga was still incorporated and didn't make much difference.

I think I enjoyed Solanin because of the fact that I was able to read the manga in the first place and was able to appreciate it more due to the involvement of music. Seeing Aoi Miyazaki sing her heart out on the stage was quite amazing to watch. This was the first time I've ever seen her sing like that and a rock genre nonetheless. I just hope that wasn't a voice over or else I might tear my hair out because I find her singing really cool.

The pacing of the story was alright, it wasn't slow nor too fast, but you had to understand the dialogue to appreciate it for what it is. There is so much meaning to the title Solanin and the movie would explain it well. There were funny moments on simple actions and tear jerking moments in unexpected scenes.

One last thing I have to really comment on, they were able to produce Meiko's t-shirt from the manga for the Live Action movie. That one, I really liked because it meant that they were really going through with details. Do check out the manga drawing in parallel with the Movie cover and you'll understand what I mean.

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1 people found this review helpful
May 24, 2013
Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
The movie is a direct adaptation of the manga. Nearly all the points in the plot are there, and more over are played really well. Not only the characters look like those in the book, but also portray their emotions very well.
Although the story seems quite depressing there's a lot of positive emotions. The plot therefore may appeal to many young people on who are to start an adult life. It's also about the importance of friendships and relations with others.
Obviously it revolves around music - which was really well matched to the overall feeling of the movie. It is very raw and full of emotions those bad and good, longing and happiness.
A something to come back to, definitely.

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