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Don't Laugh at My Romance (2007)

Hito no sekkusu o warauna (original title)
The love story of a young male student and a woman lecturer at art college.

Director:

Nami Iguchi

Writers:

Nami Iguchi (adaptation), Yuka Honcho (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiromi Nagasaku Hiromi Nagasaku ... Yuri
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Mirume
Yû Aoi ... En
Shûgo Oshinari Shûgo Oshinari ... Domoto
Morio Agata Morio Agata ... Inokuma
Yôichi Nukumizu Yôichi Nukumizu ... Mr. Yamada
Harudanji Katsura Harudanji Katsura ... Jii
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Fujita Yôko Fujita
Miwako Ichikawa Miwako Ichikawa ... Student
MariMari MariMari ... Painter
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Storyline

The love story of a young male student and a woman lecturer at art college.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 January 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Laugh at My Romance See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,540
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Minimalist exercise, intermittently engaging
20 September 2010 | by janse112-845-319555See all my reviews

Before you settle down for this movie, know what you're getting into. This is a minimalist film in the vein of Jim Jarmusch or Ming-liang Tsai. If you enjoy the works of either those directors, you'll probably appreciate this kind of filmmaking, although I don't think this is as successful as those directors' better works. If you aren't into this kind of thing, you'll probably be bored to tears.

I'm a fan of both Jarmusch and Ming-liang, and even my patience was tested at times. I appreciate what Nami Iguchi is trying to do here, and I think she is a talent to look out for in the future. She has a good eye for composition, draws out fine naturalistic performances from her actors, and orchestrates some lovely moments between them. But the screenplay meanders all over the place and the drama never amounts to much. After a while, the languorous mood starts to feel like a purely stylistic affectation, and it keeps the film from generating momentum. It's way too long.

I would recommend this only to fans of Jarmusch-style minimalism. There are enough moments of brilliance scattered throughout to make the movie worth your time, but just barely.


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