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On a rainy evening, 19-year-old university student Saeki Fumi happens to meet 9-year-old Kanai Sarasa in the park. Sarasa is soaking wet. She is separated from her parents and lives with her aunt, but she tells Fumi that she doesn't want to go back to her aunt. Fumi takes Sarasa to his apartment and they live together for the next 2 months. Fumi is then arrested for kidnapping. He is labeled as a dangerous kidnapper and Sarasa is labeled as a poor victim. 15 years later, Sarasa and Fumi happen to meet each other. (Source: AsianWiki) ~~ Adapted from the novel "Rurou no Tsuki" (流浪の月) by Nagira Yuu (凪良ゆう). Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 13, 2022
  • Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 456 users)
  • Ranked: #3691
  • Popularity: #6468
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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Maggi64
14 people found this review helpful
Dec 30, 2022
Completed 3
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 8.0
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A Fiercely Original Love Story

This film treats a myriad of topics and themes but I found it to be, above all, a fiercely original love story. And one with divine performances – especially by the male lead playing Fumi. It must be said that he's a beautiful man. But that’s not the reason I was riveted by his face and couldn't cease staring at him every second he was on screen. I kept staring at him because I was stricken by the pain he emoted as someone living with the burden of a convicted pedophile. I was also mesmerized by the rather Zen Buddhist stillness he had, which translated his terror of opening up to the world lest his past be discovered. In other words, I was staring at the character of Fumi, not the handsome actor, and there’s a difference.

I was drawn in by this character because I felt for him – as in, felt for him deeply. I cared for him so deeply that I was aching for him not simply to find love (because he did find it, since the female lead, Sarasa, had been offering it to him), but to allow himself to accept her love. That’s the thing about people who hate themselves – they won’t allow anyone to love them. Thus, when Fumi finally allows Sarasa to love him, wow, the tides flowed!

I thought the film was daring and provocative to ask the audience to feel for this character for 2 ½ hours before telling us about his medical condition. Because it meant we were feeling for him while still thinking he may just be a pedophile. It was only in the final 3 minutes that we discover, no, he was not capable of sexual arousal because he had a rare medical condition involving low testosterone, and what is vernacularly known as a “micro-penis.” His shame over this disorder prevented him from ever connecting to adult women. In other words, the arrested development of his sexual organ kept him in a state of social arrested development as well. Ultimately, he only felt worthy of socializing with little girls.

However, the careful viewer would’ve noticed that Fumi was not a pedophile well before the revelation of his micro-penis. For instance, he never touched Sarasa in the scenes of her at 9 yrs old. We witnessed 2 scenes of her in a twin bed at his house sleeping by herself. In one scene she wakes up alone and he comes into the room, clearly entering from another room, which means he did not sleep together in that room with her. In a 2nd scene she’s having a bad dream and, again, he enters from another room to comfort her. So I had already deduced long before the ending that this guy was not sleeping with her and having sex.

I also got a clue of this in the scene where she told Fumi that the reason she'd refused to return to the home of her legal guardians (an unloving aunt, uncle, and 14 year old male cousin), was that the cousin was, in fact, crawling into her bed every night to sexually molest her. When I noted how Fumi grew distressed by this news and comforted her, I decided, no, this guy is not molesting this little girl. To the contrary, Fumi was protecting Sarasa by keeping her away from her cousin, the true molester. The fact that Fumi was arrested for molesting Sarasa while, in fact, protecting her from a true molester was one of the film's more poignant ironies. The script was full of of such deftly handled subtleties.

Which is why it's so odd that the film's one and only flaw should be such a big, fat glaring one. That is, Sarasa’s friend asking her to babysit her daughter for a week. The instant that plot point was introduced I groaned. Why? Well, every person in the Free World knows that it’s illegal for a convicted pedophile to be alone with a minor. Yet Sarasa blithely takes a little girl home to hang out with a convicted pedophile. Worse, she proceeds to leave the kid alone with him all day long and even lets him take her on outings! Now, maybe – just maaaybe – some average folks don’t know that this is illegal, but Sarasa has been through the whole gamut of pedophile laws and is still living and breathing its repercussions to this day. So she, of all people, knows it's illegal for a minor to be alone with a convicted pedophile.

What makes this storyline feel particularly disjointed is that Sarasa had always been so protective of Fumi. Yet with this new plot point, Sarasa is suddenly orchestrating every possible step to ensure that Fumi gets arrested again. Truly, the instant that friend dropped the kid off with Sarasa I proceeded to cringe because I was waiting for the police to charge in and arrest Fumi, as I KNEW they would. Is there any viewer who did not? It wasn’t merely obvious that this would occur, but aggressively obvious. I found this plot point to be so jarring that I decided to pretend it never happened.

Because what followed this segment was the sublime scene of him stripping and revealing his naked body to Sarasa -- the first person other than his parents or doctors to whom he'd ever revealed his malformed penis. Revealing himself like this, despite years of abject shame, was harrowingly beautiful. The cinematography conveyed Fumi's vulnerability as he revealed his naked body at the far side of a sparsely furnished, unlit room where the cold winter sun shone through windowpanes of varying shades of sky blue. After his revelation, he's so ashamed that he collapses, and withdraws into a dark corner, where he huddles while trembling with fear over what Sarasa's reaction will be. Thereupon, Sarasa rushes over to hug him with reassurance. Indeed, she more than hugs him -- she cradles him with a kind of deep, abiding, maternal sense of love. Which makes the upmost sense, since these two are not going to have a sexual relationship in the future, so much as a relationship wherein they provide one another companionship and emotional comfort.

"Wandering" is an elegantly sophisticated love story, with a provocative theme about accepting an unusual kind of love. It was the depth of the couple’s love that made it worthy, rather than the way love leads to marriage, and how marriage, in turn, contributes to society via procreation, work, community, paying taxes, etc. This is a movie about a fierce kind of love where the viewer genuinely believes the lovers don’t need any of those things. We believe they don't need anyone else in the world but the 2 of them, even if nobody else accepts them.

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Aveira
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Nov 14, 2023
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
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Ryusei stole the show.

I'm a fan of both Tori and Ryusei so imagine my delight when both were in this drama. Ryusei stole the show for me. I'm so impressed and proud of his evolution as an actor. I hated, sympathized, was angry with his character. He made me feel a myriad of emotions watching this: he outdid himself in this one. Tori as the main lead was amazing how he always is and I'm always in awe of his acting. I wasn't familiar with the lead actress prior to this so she did very well too.

Warning from now on it's going to be full of spoilers.

I like how this movie showcased how domestic violence starts. It starts with red flags like being extremely controlling; checking where you other half is at every time of the day and even call their work to see if they left. Also expecting a certain behavior out of them and for them to obey you and suddenly escalate to violence.
My main gripe with this drama is that I completely understand the trauma that the Female lead went through when she was young but when she was an adult, she should have clarified what really happened. The male lead let her stay with her because of the daily trauma she was having at home. It's understandable that he was arrested for being a pedophile but technically he was not. His life as an adult in the public eye was completely ruined because of this and their subsequent meeting, him continuing to be persecuted, her apologizing for continuing to ruin his life when she could have came clean about what really happened. Sure not everyone would believe her but it will at least clear his name publicly. I don't know why she was still protecting her awful aunt and his son by staying quiet and ruining this man 's life..I just didn't like that it ended without this happening. I also have another question about his condition that I'll ask in the comments.

It's an amazing movie....with outstanding performances..... give it a go !!!

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  • Movie: Wandering
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: May 13, 2022
  • Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 456 users)
  • Ranked: #3691
  • Popularity: #6468
  • Watchers: 1,428

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