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Koizora

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Japanese Movies
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Koizora : Setsunai Koi Monogatari , or Koizora (恋空) is a 2007 Japanese film adapted from 2005 best-selling[2] Japanese coming of age and romance novel written by Mika.

Synopsis:
Mika Tahara has just started high school and yearns to fall in love. However, to her dismay, a gal-like boy in her grade, Nozomu, acquires her cell phone number and begins to make frequent calls. When summer vacation starts, one day, Nozomu drunkenly phones her, but Hiro confiscates the phone and converses with her instead. Although Mika does not know who Hiro is, she feels at ease at the sound of his voice and the two befriend each other.

Mika and Hiro agree to meet each other when school starts, and to Mika’s shock, Hiro turns out to be the delinquent boy she is afraid of. However, as she understands how gentle he is, they began to fall in love with each other and face a multitude of challenges threatening their relationship, such as Hiro’s ex-girlfriend Saki hiring a group of men to rape Mika and continuing to harass her over the phone. An unplanned pregnancy occurs when Mika and Hiro consummate in the school library, and although they are determined to start a family together, a miscarriage brings tragedy to them both.

Shortly afterwards, Hiro discovers that his health is deteriorating and makes the painful decision to break up with Mika to keep his terminal illness from causing her pain, but secretly continues to follow her whereabouts through his high school friend, Nozumu. Mika eventually forgets Hiro with the help of Yū, her new boyfriend. Through a chance meeting, Hiro’s condition is revealed to Mika and she makes a difficult decision to leave Yū to go to his bedside. Having Mika back, Hiro is determined to fight his disease and begins to improve. But during a routine checkup, Hiro’s condition makes a turn for the worst and he exchanges goodbyes with Mika and his family for the last time. At first, Mika is distraught at his death and even contemplates suicide, but realizes that Hiro would have wanted her to live on. -Wiki

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Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru is a 2006 Japanese romance and drama based on a novel. It focuses on the relationship that evolves between a photographer named Makoto, and two of his female university classmates, starring Aoi Miyazaki and Hiroshi Tamaki..

The story begins with Makoto Segawa, a freshman at Meikei University. On the day of his university entrance ceremony, Makoto meets a fresh-faced, quirky girl named Shizuru. Makoto has a complex which causes him to shy away from contact with other people, but she succeeds in getting him to open up to her naturally. All Shizuru wants is to be with Makoto, so she takes up a camera too. The two spend their days together taking photos in the forest behind the campus. However, Makoto has feelings for another student named Miyuki. Shizuru decides that if Makoto likes Miyuki, she wants to like her too. She wants to like everything that he does. One day, she tells Makoto that she wants to take a photo of them kissing in the forest as a present for ‘her birthday’. He obliges for her sake, and they kiss in the forest. -Wiki

I really enjoyed this movie.. The forest is really pretty and I liked her photography.. This movie talked about friendship and opening up to people. It also talked about sacrifice and pursuing one’s dreams. I really liked this movie because it showed human pain and how the characters dealt with it.
Aoi Miyazaki os such a great actress..
Love the bittersweetness of the ending.. 🙂

Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru

Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu is a 2009 romance-drama Japanese movie which stars Masaki Okada and Mao Inoue with Yoko Moriguchi, Tetta Sugimoto, Toru Nakamura and Yoshihiko Hosod..

Takuma, a boy who is told he will die before he’s 20, and Mayu, a girl who is in love with him…
The story begins when they are little kids. Mayu, whose father is a doctor, meets Takuma, who is hospitalized in her father’s workplace. They develop feelings for each other, but Mayu learns of Takuma’s grave illness and that he will die before he turns 20. The distraught children make one promise for an uncertain future.
Time passes, and the girl becomes a young woman, and the boy, a young man. Mayu continues to support and love Takuma. On the other hand, Takuma, who knows his days are numbered, pushes away his feelings for Mayu and distances himself from her. He cannot stand to see her cry or hurt her more than he already has. Then Mayu meets another man who has feelings for her, and Takuma meets a woman who has the same illness, and their feelings for each other begin to waver.
Misunderstandings, unsaid thoughts, the frustrations and chagrin of youth… What will become of their love while the clock keeps ticking away in Takuma’s life? -Asianmedia

As I’ve mentioned, I’m really a sucker for sad-tragic endings.. Well, reality bites.. Haha. 😉

I love the kid version of Takuma and Mayu.. Their love story started when they were 8 years old. Takuma was confined at the hospital where Mayu’s dad is a cardiologist. When Takuma was 8, he heard his parents and Dr. Taneda talking that he might die by the time he’s 20. Mayu found out that same night. Since then, the two have been inseparable but when they graduated from middle school.. Searching for a four-leaf clover scene really touched, in every movie that has it.. Dunno why.. Plus those kid’s dream including his “gurlfriend”.. How can an 8-year old do that?! Awww.. It’s not just puppy love – it’s true love.! Then Mayu calling his dad a bad person just because he can’t cure Takuma.. Hehe.

All in all, I loved it.. Love, love ,love.. Though it’s really sad.. I cried watching this.. I love everything about it. I certainly love the pairing between Okada Masaki and Inoue Maou that I wish they were really together off-screen. Definitely and eye-candy match, them both.And it’s cute how Kuo calls her “hime”.. It’s a good thing Takuma died because it’ll ruin the moment if Kuo’s mother agreed to donate his heart and Takuma lives..
Takuma died at 16. When he turned 18, Mayu “married” him. Err, his ash.. :/

Is it just me or Inoue Mao kind of looks like Cyndi Wang, if you see Cyndi Wang nowadays.. She’s gotten really pretty and they have this resemblance.. Oh well.. 🙂 As much as I like Okada Masaki’s curly manes, there are times when he’ s just really having a terrible bad hair day – literally speaking..
One of those feel-good movie ever, though the guy died.. Haha. 😀

Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu

A kid's dream.. *^^*

The 'nurse' and the patient

Looking for her 'victim'.. Lol

Sweet..

Possessive Mayu 🙂

Oops..

Aaawwww....

Train scene

Pretty Mayu

Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu