• Movie: Pika*nchi Life Is Hard However Happy
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2002
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 684 users)
  • Ranked: #2124
  • Popularity: #2088
  • Watchers: 1,307

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Ratings: 7.4/10 from 684 users
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"Pika*nchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy" centers around five friends who are residents in a Tokyo apartment complex.Now senior high school students, the five friends live the wildlife in Harajuku before encountering unforeseen surprises.

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2002
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 684 users)
  • Ranked: #2124
  • Popularity: #2088
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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4 people found this review helpful
Jul 8, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
The reason I watched this film was mainly because I'm an Arashi fan, and because I like to watch their dramas and films whenever possible. I was expecting to watch a mediocre film with some comedic scenes and that's exactly what I got. Watching this, there really wasn't a moment where I thought this film was brilliantly written and one of the best I've seen. All this film was about was basically a group of 5 quirky guys who go through minor trials that test their friendship and in the end have them grow stronger. I did like the bong they shared in the film, because it reminded me of how close they are in real life and gives you a glimpse of reality.. Except without the odd character traits.

The acting was good. All of them portrayed their characters well and I did enjoy watching them. However, I do have to admit that Aiba Masaki's acting performance was probably the lowest of the latter, and I think he's actually known for that, but it wasn't anything bad enough to stop watching. Although.. I haven't seen him in much of anything, so I could be wrong, but in this film he didn't really stick out to me as an outstanding actor. Ohno Satoshi did the best, in my opinion, out of them all. I couldn't help but laugh throughout the film because his character was just dorky enough to love.

The music was alright. Nothing too great to mention, but they were songs that were very fitting for the film and worked with the theme of it.

Overall, this film was a great one-time watch. It had it's funny moments that had me laughing, and I thought the ending was really well done and appropriate because of the events in the film, so I was satisfied with it. I don't think I'll be re-watching this anytime soon... Maybe if I'm bored I'll revist this film, but in the meantime I'd rather watch other things. I recommend this film if you're an Arashi fan, and if you're looking for something that provides comedy and the theme of friendship.

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5 people found this review helpful
Aug 24, 2012
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
This is really just a funny story about friends exploring Harajuku and event that happen to all five of 5. It was completely different than what i was expecting.

Of course i decided to watch this for Arashi. And well....their characters were extremely funny, weird, and cool. especially Ohno, he has an act at acting...weird haha.

I really loved the theme for this movie. It has a rock vibe but is still pop-like Arashi.

all in all, it's a really cute movie & it doesn't hurt that all 5 arashi members are in this movie. for how, I guess, plain the plot sounds, it was a good movie and I rewatch it all the time

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