Review: Tomorrow, I will Date Yesterday’s You (Movie)

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.

Moving on~

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.


10 thoughts on “Review: Tomorrow, I will Date Yesterday’s You (Movie)

    1. OMGG! Meee too! I just love it! Especially the ending~ I loved how the writer and director was able to tie it up cleanly, and the actors! OMG! It was sad, but, yess, wonderful! umuu QAQ

      Also, thaank you very much~! (≧∇≦)/ And here I was thinking my review was kinda messed up. (°͈▵°͈ ❁) lol I’m really glad you enjoyed the movie~! 😀

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  1. (Spoiler Alert )

    Great review. Thank you.

    I only just watched the movie today but absolutely loved it. Has to be the best Japanese (or all of the) movies I had seen this year.

    Technically, the movie was well directed and performed. A lot of very subtle things were able to be shown, like the very shy looking Emi when she met Takatoshi for the drawing session on her day 1. I never read the book. I wonder if it can describe that feeling too.

    I Love Emi’s role more in the story. Consider she was the one who had been told about what “happened” in the future. She had to act the way so that Takatoshi would fall for her naturally at the beginning. That was why he said Emi had “worked very hard”.

    The best parts for me were:

    1. When Takatoshi figured out why Emi acted that way and rushed home to call her at 1am.
    2. The end where it showed the story from Emi’s prospective.The most sadness part was her crying after getting on the train.

    Yes, it is very sad, very sad ending, but in a way i am happy for them to be able to find each other and be able to spend 30 days of the best moment in their lives together. It also reminded me of Kimi no Na Wa. Perhaps certain people were meant for each others.

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    1. I’m veryyyy happy you enjoyed the movie! And thank you for these additional wonderful insights! Yes, it was really bittersweet, but idk I just love it. The love. The serendipitous meetings. I do agree with this being the best JP live action. So far. For me, it was really sad but also beautiful… a perfect mix of both? :’)

      You’d expect, given a plot like that, it’d get messy, but I was really surprised with how everything tied up. Especially the start and end — the train, at the studio, the lake and that festival with the young Emi. It broke my heart a gazillion pieces, but it was just wonderful.

      Kudos to the director, writer, actors, and everyone behind this wonderful movie. I’ve never read the manga either. Actually, before it showed, I was looking for a copy online… on any free manga streams. Unfortunately, internet community was tight-lipped about it. <//3 Either way, I'm still hands down to everyone behind this project. It was the best act I've ever seen Komatsu-san or Fukushi-san ever did imo. Their portrayals were on point. ❤ ❤


  2. Wow you just said what I really wanted to say about this movie! Only i’m not good in words. Haha! This movie is so underrated. I didn’t expect much for this one coz I thought it was just a another common lovestory about a guy and a girl falls inlove but no happy ending…. but i’m the one who fell inlove to the whole plot and to the two leads and it made me caught myself halfway with a handkerchief and a pillow to hug. Huhuhuhu. This is one of the bests!

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    1. I know right?! There’s really something moving and poignant in this story. Yes, it’s really one of the bests!! I want to have a HE, but at the same time I already felt satisfied with how it went ’cause if they forced it to have HE, I doubt it’ll have the same impact as it had.

      Also, big kudos to the actors and people behind this. Without a doubt, it was a huge success! ❤ ❤


  3. Wow you just said what I really wanted to say about this movie! Only i’m not good in words. Haha! This movie is so underrated. I didn’t expect much for this one coz I thought it was just a another common lovestory about a guy and a girl falls inlove but no happy ending…. but i’m the one who fell inlove to the whole plot and to the two leads and it made me caught myself halfway with a handkerchief and a pillow to hug. Huhuhuhu. This is one of the bests!


  4. I know it’s been almost a year since you wrote this post, but I’ve just recently come across this movie title. Sorry for the delay… (´・_・`)
    Ok so Thursday midnight me decides to watch a Japanese movie and figures out that this one might be nice as I had already looked up the story on the internet – also read a few spoilers but whatever, right?!
    Now, post movie 2AM half awake me is wondering why would I choose such film for the occasion. Geez!
    I loved the acting and the whole plot, it was very well conducted (better than I had thought it would be) and tied.
    However, even though I felt the whole angst and helpless sadness, I couldn’t cry. Mainly because I was (and still am) completely “dry” from sobbing for hours with “The 100th Love With You”. It has not exactly a similar plot, but just as a bittersweet end. The movie is a bit more “childish” (I guess?) compared to this one but I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t watched it yet. Be advised of the high possibility of floodgates’ opening though.
    Oh also, wanna hear something very ironic about “Tomorrow, I Will Date Yesterday’s You”? The ending credits song is called “Happy End”. WHAT KIND OF BASTARD DOES SUCH THING??? (´༎ຶོρ༎ຶོ`)
    Anyways, I just felt like sharing those infos.
    Thanks for the blog, it’s a very nice one. Oh and I really like your reviews aka rants hahaha. I like the fact that it really express how we might end up feeling after the movie, differently from those tedious technical meh reviews. (^ν^)
    I hope you have the time to come up with the travel part soon, I’d really love to see you describing places haha.


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