It really is a very bad idea to watch an angsty movie by yourself. There is no way of stopping the floodgates. (ಥ﹏ಥ) Weeeelll, in my defence, I didn’t know this was a sad one. There were no prior reviews or articles about it, okay?! Plus, even though it’s from a manga, internet was surprisingly tightlipped about it! (ノTДT)ノ彡┻━┻ #ragequit
Anywaay, TL;DR: The past of the girl is the future of the guy, and vice versa. That’s it. Stop reading. Don’t watch it. Go on with your lives. It’s best to not know. You’ll live a happier life that way. (ಥ﹏ಥ) Sniff. Easier said than done, right? (ノTДT)ノ彡┻━┻ Feck, I really am in a love-hate relationship with this piece of thing.
[Please endure a few more paragraphs of rants since the writer of this review is having a mental breakdown.]
The film is told from the point of view of Takatoshi Minamiyama, a visual arts undergraduate in Kyoto, Japan. Takatoshi encounters Emi Fukuju one morning on his train to class. He says that he has immediately fallen in love with her. He asks for her phone number and the couple begin a romance that will change his life. After a few dates, Takatoshi discovers something about Emi that makes him question the whole relationship. She reveals her secrets to him. He also learns that they have very little time left to be together.
^See?! Pecking sheeeet, that was the only thing written even in effing Wikipedia! I mean, yeah, you get the deal. That, plus that very very suspicious-sounding title, prolly, you get the gist. Somehow, you’d prolly have a few theories of your own. But, come on! That’s clearly not enough. There are a lot of questions. Not much detail. Still a bit confusing. Then, the moment you watch it, bam! Just let the floodgates open and drown the entire village! Life, why do you have to make me suffer! ୧((#Φ益Φ#))୨
Okay, now I’m a bit calm. Sorry for that inconvenience.
Going back to it though… I really, really, really have to admit. Putting all the bitterness and angst aside, the movie was really brilliant! The actors were great. The plot is actually good! It’s just… y’know, it really stabs the heart, wrap it on some kinda paper and thrown into the Pacific where it can never see the light again. Idk. It’s just both brutally beautiful and breathtakingly sad. And it’s the helpless kinda sad, where the resolution is both clear and really vague. Something akin to “That shouldn’t be just it.”
WARNING: Spoilers ahead! I really, really advise you guys to just stop here and go watch it. I mean, it’s just 2 hours tops. My narration is jumbled, prolly a bit confusing for those who haven’t watched/read it yet. I don’t give justice to the beauty of the movie.
Again, you have been warned.
As mentioned in the summary, it mainly follows this guy named Takatoshi (Fukushi Sota) who fell in love at first sight with a girl he met on the train, Emi (Komatsu Nana).
Now, the weird thing is: even if they just met, for some reason, Emi seemed to know what would happen in the future. Basically, she already knew who Takatoshi was. For example, the fact that he’d be doing his assignment/painting in this place, or that his assignment would be posted in class, or how to cook his family’s home-made beef stew (was it beef stew?).
At first, I thought this would be a “Girl who leapt through time” kinda thing. I’m already getting the sad vibes, and steeled myself ’cause y’know… either way, I got the hint it ain’t gonna be pretty. Then again, even with all those preparations….. (༎ຶ⌑༎ຶ)
Basically, the idea is: there exists a parallel universe whose flow of time is opposite ours. Result is, as mentioned, the past of our world is the future of that world. Emi is from that world, and Takatoshi from ours. Or vice versa, idk. The only time a rift opens and the people from both worlds can somehow interact with each other or something is every five years (something about the moon cycle and stuff that I didn’t really understand).
I don’t really know how to explain this. I know it’s confusing, and I know you’re all prolly wondering how the hell did they manage to portray or narrate this kinda story. Or even the characters. The timeline… like what?! How?! But, really, I don’t know it myself but everything just fell into place perfectly at the end. That part when Takatoshi was 5 years old, when Emi was 5 years old… finally, the climax when they met and fell in love when they were 20 (and where the film mostly revolved around).
And I cried a lot. (༎ຶ⌑༎ຶ) (༎ຶ⌑༎ຶ) (༎ຶ⌑༎ຶ)
Both Komatsu Nana and Fukushi Sota really, really outdid themselves this time.
I have no other words for this film. It’s just… brilliant for me. Idk. I prolly missed some necessary critiques this time. But it’s been too emotional that I didn’t have the heart to nitpick.
Bottomline, it’s a great movie that you really have to watch. Even though everything fell right into place, it’s not a happy end. It’s a sad one. Like I said, the helplessly kind of sad one with no way for things to turn around.
It’s beautifully crafted, and poignantly done.
PS. Again, the writer apologise if, by this point, the writing is jumbled and even the points are still confusing as hell. She’s still in the middle of that mental breakdown. She advised you dear readers to just watch it.
Disclaimer: All photos grabbed from Google Images. Summary was from Wikipedia.