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Ebine Yamaji (comic)
Hiroko Kanasugi (screenplay)
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9 December 2006 (Japan) See more »
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Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese Uni students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dealing with the consequence. See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Rei Yoshii ... Ichiko
Asami Imajuku ... Eri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naomi Akimoto ... San Senba
Miyoko Asada ... Professor Saeko
Kami Hiraiwa ... Yukako
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Kengo Tachibana
Ira Ishida ... Father
Chiharu Kawai ... Customer at CD Shop

Kyôko Koizumi ... Ichiko's mother
Shôichirô Masumoto
Takamasa Suga ... Akira
Issei Takahashi ... Takechan
Ken Teraizumi ... Eri's Father
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Directed by
Kôji Kawano 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hiroko Kanasugi  screenplay
Ebine Yamaji  comic

Produced by
Harue Miyake .... producer
Chikako Nakabayashi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Noodles 
 
Cinematography by
Jun Fukumoto 
 
Film Editing by
Hiroaki Morishita 
 
Production Design by
Yuko Ito 
 
Sound Department
Koji Yamada .... sound
 

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Japan:96 min
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Dealing with the consequence., 9 December 2007
Author: Bigprisc (LamCui@hotmail.com) from Singapore

Isn't what life is all about? Dealing with decisions made without regret? I don't know about others, but I find this completely refreshing and utterly different from all Western takes on Lesbianism.

There isn't one villain in the entire story, all conflicts and all problems are internal, making it completely realistic and real. No one is there to 'seperate' them, but they have to deal with the consequences of leading a gay life.

I am Asian, and can completely understand the perils of coming out and frowns of society in Asia.

About the story. This is an adaptation from a manga of the same title, Love My Life. It stars Yoshii Rei as Ichiko and Asami Imajuku as Eriko, who are two university students deeply in love. Ichiko decides to come out to her father, and finds out that her parents were both gay, and got married to start a family. This serves as the first consequence of the decision she made.

Like in the film, Ichiko narrates that "When you make a decision, you have to deal with the consequence, and it would be like dominoes falling, a chain reaction that seems never ending". She meets her deceased mother's lover, meets her father's lover, meet with the disapproval of Eriko's father and on top of it all, has to deal with school and her job.

The cinematographer seems very interested in the voyeuristic aspect of life, as if the audience are a fly on the wall in the everyday lives of Ichiko and Eriko. With this in mind, it doesn't really matter if the lighting is a little off sometimes, or that there are parts that are blown out. Or even if the edits are not too perfect... These are not important stuff. These are minor... The story is the gem...

Speaking of story, Manga, though branded a lot of times as juvenile and childish, sometimes has the best stories, they don't have to keep up with pretenses, they tell a story the best way they know how, and this is reflected in this film.

Nice, fluffy, realistic, romantic. It doesn't have the melodrama of Western films, doesn't have the angst and problems of other gay (western) films... it has a sincerity that is very rarely reflected even in other Japanese film.

I think it is great, and probably if you are not too concerned about it resembling anything like Hollywood or American Independent movies, you will understand the Gem that is hidden away in Little Japan.

I give it an excellent grade. And will now go hunt for the manga.

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