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Ao Haru Ride (2014)
Japanese Teen Love Story walks familiar paths to mixed results
I haven't seen a lot of Japanese live action films. But I was curious about this one since I am a big fan of some of the South Korean films within the romance genre and I think S. Korean and Japanese films share some common sensibilities. Having watched it I though it was OK. There were some really emotionally touching moments, good underplayed background score-an important component for this kind of movies and an attractive cast.I was never bored watching it for its nearly 2 hours of run-time. Having said that the movie fell needlessly convoluted. There were subplots that felt like could have been cut out of the movie and wouldn't matter to the main story-line.The main male character, at the beginning was like this confident strong willed teenager and then all of a sudden turned into a overly sappy confused guy. Some of the emotional contents did not have the desired impact on me and towards the end I couldn't really care enough if the the two lovers get together or not. Overall, I felt this movie didn't really brought anything new in terms of the concepts and these concepts have been done much better in other movies. Overall, watchable, but not memorable.