I didn't know whether to watch this film or not, I'd never seen the lead actress in anything before and wasn't crazy about the age gap between the leads (I'm shamefully notorious for picking dramas and movies with ikemen male leads). However I'm glad I gave it a shot because this is one of the most enjoyable Japanese films I've ever seen. Sasaki Nozomi was outstanding as Rio, I was seriously impressed with her ability to master every emotion out there from tragic lover to cold ice queen to bubbly school girl. I often find angsty characters a bit of a bore however hard their lives are but I loved Rio! Her friends were equally likable and I almost wished we could have seen a bit more of them but overall I'm glad the story didn't try and steer off into millions of sub-plots that never get developed like a lot of movies do. The thing I loved most about this film however was Tanihara Shosuke as Kouki. He was such an ordinary guy, nothing special about him, but the way we saw him through Rio's eyes made him appear to be the most special man on the planet. I was initially put off by the age gap but a few minutes into this film and it was completely forgotten. Straight after watching the film test yourself, would you pick Kouki over a thousand Matsujuns? I felt I could and would (if such a miracle ever occurred). The story was touching, sad and the leads relationship felt very real, overall a romantic, interesting and heartbreaking film.
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