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Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy (2019)

Hatsumi and her family live normal lives until she is used by Ryoki who begins to bully and intimidate her. Azusa is a friend in the area and also good looking. He has the hots for Hatsumi ... See full summary »

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Yûki Yamato
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Credited cast:
Miona Hori Miona Hori ... Hatsumi Narita
Mizuki Itagaki Mizuki Itagaki ... Azusa Odagiri
Kaisei Kamimura Kaisei Kamimura ... Subaru Yagi
Shôtarô Mamiya ... Shinogu Narita
Hiyori Sakurada Hiyori Sakurada ... Akane Narita
Hiroya Shimizu Hiroya Shimizu ... Ryoki Tachibana
Riho Yoshioka Riho Yoshioka ... Rina Katsuragi
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Hatsumi and her family live normal lives until she is used by Ryoki who begins to bully and intimidate her. Azusa is a friend in the area and also good looking. He has the hots for Hatsumi too. They begin to go steady, but soon it transpires that not everything as easy or straightforward. Time to unravel the mystery. Written by aghaemi

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Immy's review : Awful
6 July 2020 | by heyimmyxSee all my reviews

This was, unfortunately, a very badly executed movie. The entire story was jaded and lacked any meaning or connection to the main characters. It felt like I was watching a montage of events rather than an actual storyline. The camera work, although experimental, was strange and unsettling. It was so past paced with the constant zoom outs and close ups, combined with the out of place shots of random objects, leaving you feeling disconnected rather than drawn in. The content was bewildering and confusing ; I didn't know what was going on half the time as they didn't really explain anything, and so many events and storylines never reached an ending and were completely forgotten by the second half, ultimately serving no purpose. For example, the main girls pregnancy was built up to be an important story in the beginning, yet magically disappeared and we heard nothing of it again. Every character was unlikeable, and I was disappointed with the very sexist stance it took, portraying the main girl as weak and 'stupid' whilst being controlled by the men in her life. There was no chemistry between the main boy and girl, as it was basically him asserting his dominance and treating her as his slave. Some of the scenes were, quite frankly, bizarre and uncomfortable to watch. For example, Azusa attempting to drug Hatsumi and blackmailing her was almost traumatic to watch, and the fact he wasn't even depicted as a 'villain' is quite worrying. The music, although nice, didn't fit with the scenes at all and failed completely to reflect the emotions that the scenes tried to portray. To sum it up, the film felt like an LSD trip. It was overall a very uncomfortable and perplexing movie, to which I felt emotionally drained by the end. This maybe would've been more suited as a short music video rather than a movie. Also, I can't forgive the movie for being so sexist and demeaning to women, teaching them that boys who call them 'stupid' and bully them are good. Do not recommend.


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