MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,518 this week

Akko's Secret (2012)
"Himitsu no Akko-chan" (original title)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 123 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

Young Atsuko Kagami comes into possession of a magical mirror that lets her transform into anything she wishes. Atsuko Kagami then attempts to save a company which is about to be sold by ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(manga), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 09 May 2012
 
a list of 1287 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 07 Nov 2013
 
a list of 116 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Akko's Secret" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Akko's Secret (2012)

Akko's Secret (2012) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Akko's Secret.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Key of Life (2012)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house -- only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.

Director: Kenji Uchida
Stars: Masato Sakai, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryôko Hirosue
Tokyo Tribe (2014)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.

Director: Shion Sono
Stars: Tomoko Karina, Akihiro Kitamura, Ryôhei Suzuki
Baby and Me (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A rebellious high school student sees his life take a strange turn when he goes to the grocery store and someone leaves a baby in his shopping cart, along with a note claiming he's the father.

Director: Jin-yeong Kim
Stars: Shin-Ho Byun, Jae-Hwan Choi, Joo Ho
Dearest (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's death, to drive to the port where she wants her ashes scattered at sea.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Stars: Ken Takakura, Yûko Tanaka, Kôichi Satô
Director: Hiroshi Yoshino
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Naohito Fujiki, Yuya Tegoshi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Tatsushi Ohmori
Stars: Hirofumi Arai, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Arata Iura
Happy Flight (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A great variety of aviation professionals such as pilots, flight attendants, the ground crew, mechanics, dispatchers, controllers, and the bird patrol crew all support a single flight. They... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Seiichi Tanabe, Saburô Tokitô, Haruka Ayase
Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A store owner and a magazine editor were hired as a temporary employee by The Louvre for a Mona Lisa exhibition to be held in Japan. The two soon discover a hidden puzzle of the Mona Lisa that will change their lives.

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Tôri Matsuzaka, Eriko Hatsune
My Man (2014)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After losing everything in a tsunami, 10-year-old Hana is taken in by 26-year-old distant relative Jungo Kusarino. They live as father and daughter but share a profound sense of loss. Jungo... See full summary »

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji, Fumi Nikaidô
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Journalist Shuichi Fujii receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo. Writing from death row, Sudo wants to confess to crimes unknown to the police. On visiting Sudo in prison, Fujii... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Piêru Taki, Rirî Furankî
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As a child Takuma is diagnosed with a heart condition that requires care from a cardiologist. He soon becomes friends with his doctors young daughter Mayu while being treated at the ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo
Stars: Mao Inoue, Masaki Okada, Natsuki Harada
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A girl that resemble "Sadako" of the movie Ring is being feared by her classmates. She is avoided by everyone.While everyone is avoiding her, the popular boy Shota Kazehaya befriends her, and their love begins to grow.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa
Stars: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura, Misako Renbutsu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Haruka Ayase ...
Mika Hijii
Takeshi Kaga
...
Naoto
Shôsuke Tanihara
Ren Ôsugi
Kazue Fukiishi
Shungiku Uchida
Frank M. Ahearn ...
Himself
Muga Tsukaji
Masako Motai
Keiko Horiuchi
Hayato Kakizawa
Riko Yoshida
Edit

Storyline

Young Atsuko Kagami comes into possession of a magical mirror that lets her transform into anything she wishes. Atsuko Kagami then attempts to save a company which is about to be sold by using her transformation abilities. She also falls in love as a 22-year-old college student. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 September 2012 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Akko's Secret  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Akko-Chan the Movie
22 January 2013 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The Japanese manga and anime universe have more than enough content to be adapted into their respective film version, and it's quite the even playing field with those geared for predominantly male, or the female crowd, get made. With the latter there are films like Paradise Kiss, and the more recent one is Akko-Chan, which if my memory serves me well, was something that was on telly during the days of growing up. It's female fantasy stuff, where a young girl with a magic cosmetic compact, get to be whoever she wants to be, in grown up fashion, each time she chants a slogan, which is reversible once she delivers help, and goes back to being a 10 year old girl.

Riko Yoshida plays the young girl Atsuko Kagami, who's a fan of cosmetics, and quite the vain pot. When her compact got broken, she got visited by a Mirror Spirit (Teruyuki Kagawa) who grants her a magical compact, and the rest is history. She can transform to just about anyone in any profession, something which is advantageous to anyone who cannot decide just what they want to be when they grow up. Haruka Ayase takes over the older Atsuko aka Akko- Chan character, and soon enough finds excuses to skip winter cram school, to intern at a cosmetics company under young executive Naoto Hayase (Masaki Okada) who had seemed to lose his passion and enthusiasm given the various bureaucratic red tape he has to deal with on a daily basis, especially under the doom and gloom of an unpopular takeover by the Yakuza-ish led Kito (Takeshi Kaga).

Being a mainstream Japanese film adapted from a separate medium for fans and non-fans alike, Akko-Chan the Movie is pretty self contained, following a formula with a story that contains the origin, a primary adversary or situation to address, before a finale that's usually heartwarming or poignant. Romance usually gets thrown in somewhere, as well as a good message or two about life in general. But before you balk at the romance bit, where there's a 17 year gap between Akko-Chan and Naoto, not to mention the little girl being a minor, let's just say that things stayed rather platonic, but never groomed in any sense of the word. How this developed was something close to yet another Haruka Ayase film My Girlfriend is a Cyborg, and I felt was an extremely nice touch to get all the morbidity out of the way.

One may dismiss this from the onset being a fluffy chick flick, but surprisingly the story contains strong sub-arcs, like the great divide between management and the rank and file workers, of mergers, acquisitions and the threats of loss jobs when the board decides to take unpopular tough stances on policy, and how one should excel in one's job, and keeping the faith, inspiration and enthusiasm going. Comedy during this film's central corporate struggle theme comes in the form of Akko-Chan's methods in achieving her aims, or doing what she thinks is right, through the use of magic and impersonation as other characters. While it's manipulation and cheating, this again goes full circle to the lessons that the kid learns at the end of the day.

Haruka Ayase piled on the kitschy-cuteness starring as an immature girl stuck in a young adult's body, with jokes that naturally played on this fish out of water concept with a student being overwhelmed by the adult nature of work, office politics, as well as being caught up with conversational pieces that are too complicated for a sixth grader. Ayase continues to bring about innocence to roles that she tackles, and Akko-Chan fits her perfectly like hand in glove, bringing the character to life with her chirpiness and hyperactivity. Fans of Handsome Suits will also note the supporting appearance of actors Shosuke Tanihara and Muga Tsukaji in bit roles as a spineless executive and a security guard respectively.

It's formula but full of heart, and that's coming from someone who isn't the intended demographic target audience, with a clear message of not forgetting the simpler values learnt through elementary school that we can apply in life. A definite recommend!


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Akko's Secret (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?