Shojo Movies Marathon – Say “I love you” (Sukitte Ii nayo) 2014 review
The shojo movies marathon continues. Today’s post is about Say “I love you”. To be honest, there hasn’t been a Japanese movie, that I’ve considered hard to watch (except “Kamikazi Girls” I saw that one with my best friend it had some fun parts, but omg I should have watched Koizora for the 100th time instead of that). Anyway my point is, there are the great movies, the movies that are ok but you wish you have spent your time watching something else and there are movies that make a sweet way to pass your free time, like Say “I love you”.
A nice cute story about, two students with totally different life-styles that become a couple.
The story had a lot of potential, but somehow I felt the movie lost the point on the way. It starts with Mei Tachibana (Haruna Kawaguchi) and Yamato Kurosawa (Sota Fukushi) getting to know its each other, after Yamato showing interest first.
They become closer and Mei feels like she can trust him. After some misunderstandings they become a couple.I haven’t read the manga, but I read many hate comments about the movie, mostly related to how they missed a lot of parts from the story and related to the acting.
I will be talking about the acting later, but let’s focus on the story. I’ve expressed so many times how I wish the sojo movies were a drama, since a lot of parts from the story can’t be developed well in 1 hour and some minutes movie. In this movie, ( once again I’m pointing out I haven’t read the manga or watched the anime ), as a viewer I wish I had seen the following parts. First of all, they become a couple, because we find out later, Yamato is sensitive towards quite bullied people, because of his past. But somehow, I feel the main couple didn’t actually spent a lot of quality time, maybe I’m winning about this one, since we got scenes like the one they are visiting his kindergarten, still I wanted more. Yamato following the model career, evolved fast during the ending of the film and it was a bit rushed. This story was a chance to point out the gap between Mei and Yamato, that actually existed. I would have liked to see Yamato torn between his career and his girlfriend also his opinion on the matter of their differences. He seemed to give up on modeling pretty easily, that was a bit “the easy choice to end the movie” to me. On the other hand I liked how Mei decides to protect her love in the end and expresses her feeling to Yamato.
Kai’s (Tomohiro Ichikawa) storyline was an easy going one. I was so grateful, he wasn’t the typical bad sneaky guy, who tries to ruin everything.
The other storylines, were not bad either but I wish I had more of the main leads during their time.
The acting, that too many people complained of was indeed a bit awkward but to be honest there wasn’t something really off in my eyes. Well it was the only movie that had too many kissing scenes, but sometimes it felt like he was kissing a wall : P
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I don’t blame the actor though, since the kissing scenes is a sensitive point in Japanese movies.Their chemistry wasn’t that bad either.
In conclusion I don’t regret watching Say “I Love you” and I give it a 6,5 / 10
What about you guys?