Miura Haruma will appear in the love-suspense themed movie “5 Minutes to Tomorrow” alongside Liu Cecilia, Chang Joseph. The movie is based off the popular novel of the same title by Honda Takayoshi and is directed by Isao Yukisada. Miura plays the role of a young Japanese man that repairs clocks and has been living in Shanghai for 1½ years, his co-star Liu plays a double role as two twins. Director Isao described the film as “a love story between two people that can happen anywhere in the world”. It’s also a joint project with China and Japan. This will be Miura’s first project in the Chinese market. He has also been studying the Chinese language for this reason.
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While the Director introduced this as a 'love story that can happen anywhere in the world', I doubt it's about romance. Yes a man meets a woman and they fall in love.
But at the same time it shows the problems that the twins faces.
Story: One reason I rated it 5.5 is because I ain't familiar with romance movies. I believe romance movies are slow paced at the front and fast paced in the relationship development.
I kinda hate how there is a lack for relationship development and hence I'd rate most romance movies with a low score.
Acting/Cast: The acting and cast was great. But I'm not a person who's very good at rating people's acting skills.
Most importantly, I think the movie was great in putting effort when presenting the twins. Shows usually take the easy path by merging two frames together to present both the twins at the same scene and hence the acting is awkward when the actor tries to stay in position to avoid overlapping the twin's position in the same frame. Yet in 5 minutes to tomorrow, the actor wasn't awkward at all. And the Director put in the effort to present a scene where Ru Mei gives Ruo Lan and back hug with both of their faces present. I think that was great in providing the reality factor.
Music: I thought both the Soundtrack and Sound effects were really nice and soothing for the slow paced movie.
Cast: The cast was very nice. Miura Haruma fans are in for a treat; he not only looks great but does a wonderful job in a serious role, even learning Chinese well enough to not be subbed over, although errors are written into the script to remind everyone he is a Japanese man living in China. I thought the scripting was good, but his acting made it better. Liu Cecilia did a wonderful job as the twins, adding small subtle things to make them different personalities and add to the suspense of wondering how well not only you know those around you, but how well you know yourself. There was always a slight charge of "what if...?" that filled the movie that I think the actors did a wonderful job utilizing to its full potential.
Music: I loved the music for this film. The instrumentals were placed well for situations, emphasizing both story and actors. If I knew where to download the soundtrack, I would.
Rewatch: This movie has a fair amount of rewatch value and you may even gain a new perspective if you do rewatch it. I will not watch it again for a while simply because it's not something I finished and went "Let's do that again!" It's a romance film for every once in a while.
Overall, it's a good movie if you want something that is carefully written, has good acting and it a bit more bittersweet. I hope this helps and happy drama watching! :D