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Shojo Movies of the Holidays

Hello Dramajjangers

How have you been? Well I’ve been taking some rest during the Easter holidays and I had time to watch my shojo movies. My “plan to watch list” is huge, but I decided to choose some jmovies to watch.

  • Heroine disqualified

This movie was my first choice. I was waiting for it, since the trailer came out and I was so glad to hear that the subs came out, sooner than I expected for a Japanese movie. Did it match up my expectations? Not really. I haven’t read the manga, so I don’t know if that has something to do with my opinion.

For those who doesn’t know the story. Hatori (Kiritani Mirei) is the typical high school girl, who matches up the heroine image. She believes in romance and she thinks that she is meant to end up with her best friend Rita (Yamazaki Kento), who she is in love with. She has left everything on luck and she believes their romance,will develop on it’s own, but her life plans change when another girl Adachi Miho (Wagatsuma Miwako) and a boy Hiromitsu Kosuke (Sakaguchi Kentaro) get into the story.

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Heroine disqualified starts as a parody of the shojo movies, having Hatori commenting in a funny way, on everything that is happening. This is a nice touch, but it somehow doesn’t really allow you to “feel” the story. That changes after 20 minutes in the movie, when the parody style ends and “Heroine Disqualified” becomes the typical shojo movie. Not that I complain since I love shojo. But it seems to me that the story is nothing new, I sure have seen these things happening on other movies in a more succesful way.

The acting was very decent and the highlight of the movie was Sakaguchi Kentaro (loving everything he is in lately) as Hiromitu Kosuke. Hiromitu Kosuke must be the absolute ideal boyfriend. The movie will be bad for those who suffer from second lead syndrome. I mean I wouldn’t mind the film ending when Hatori becomes a couple with Kosuke. But she is meant to be with her hero Rita.

Concluding I want to say is that “Heroine Disqualified” was a nice movie to fill your time but not the masterpiece and neither I’m sure it deserves the 8 it owns on “Mydramalist”.

  • My pretend girlfriend

my pretend girlfriend

My pretend girlfriend is a movie that doesn’t have the best rate neither the best reviews. But because of the story I wanted to give it a try and I didn’t regret it.

Noboru Aihara (Mukai Osamu) is the main lead. He is the High School’s nerd, that doesn’t get involved with school matters. One day his childhood friend, that happens to be the famous hot high school guy, Miyazaki Shun (Kudo Asuka) asks him for a favor. He introduces Aihara to Momose (Hayami Akari) his secret girlfriend. He asks Aihara to pretend he is dating Momose, so that the rumors of cheating want reach his official girl and school’s beauty Kanbayashi Tetsuko (Ishibashi Anna).

The movie was a bit slow at times that is why I get some people where disappointed. But I didn’t really mind it and I caught my self being anxious about what is going to happen next. I mean it surely is not your typical shojo movie. It is very realistic and it has a plain yet deep feeling.

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I loved how over the top things didn’t happen on this one, like transformations from the nerd type to the hottie. Plus I liked the director’s point of view on puberty, when Aihara often stares at Momose’s body. The ending that disappointed many was totally ok to me. I mean it could definitely happen in real life. Having so many feelings for someone at some point of your life and then after many years you could just pass by him on the street.

  • Jinx

jinx

Jinx was a move that I happened to run into. As a kpop fan I of course happen to know Hyomin, so it caught my attention that she was in a Japanese movie along with Yamazaki Kento.

Hyomin plays a Korean college girl Jiho that for personal reasons, that are explained early in the film travels to Japan. There she meets a tomboy and short-tempered girl Yamaguchi Kaede (Shimizu Kurumi) . She wants to become friends with her and help her get her childhood love Nomura Yusuke (Yamazaki Kento) by introducing to the korean dating style.

Jinx is a cute and simple movie, that becomes really good at the ending throwing away many minutes in its beginning.

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I mean I was a bit tired when I was watching it, so I was waiting too long for something to happen and wake me up. I was looking with all my positive energy for Kaede and Nomura to get together, but nothing really important was happening and Jiho was becoming annoying after a while, directing their every move. But after a point the movie becomes very interesting especially at the ending where Jiho remembers her times with her boyfriend and at the same time Kaede’s romance happens. I mean I wish the beginning was somehow shorter. In the end I wouldn’t re watch Jinx, but it was a movie I didn’t regret watching either.

  • Clover

clover

Last but not least Clover. You know I am a Takei fan, so a shojo with her in it was a must watch for me. I didn’t have many expectation for this one, but I admit I had fun watching it, knowing what I was going to get.

A story about a girl Suzuki Aya (Takei Emi) an employee at Toyo Hotel. She is stuck at her first love Haruki Kino (Nagayama Kento) , who hasn’t seen in years and now is a famous actor. What is going to happen her strict boss Tsuge Sumuru (Okura Dayoshi) is going to ask her out?

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Well this movie starts strong and the things happen fast one after another. The main couple is shipable from the first minutes of the movie. When Haruki joins in, then it makes hard for the viewers to decide, I mean they make it in a way that you don’t mind Saya ending with either of them. The movie starts becoming a romantic soap opera, when Shiori Tsutsui, the evil daughter of the Hotel owner gets an interest on Tsuge. I mean her obsession to get him, even the sleeping pills and the pictures are so low. But like a well made soap opera a happy ending is a given. Other than that I liked how the movie touched subjects like work and career vs love and feelings and how each person receives that differently. I’m talking about the two main leads. Another story that could have developed was Haruki’s story line and how he wouldn’t even talk about his hardships as an actor, so that he could always listen to his friend’s problems.
useless information: I didn’t know Okura Dayoshi was in Kanjani8 and it’s the first time I find out about Eita’s little brother Nagayama Kento *-*

In general lately it’s hard to find a good romantic story that will wow you. You could say finding a good movie is like searching for the prefect boyfriend. But until you find it, you can always have some fun with the flirts in between 😉

p.s If I had to give an order to the ratings I gave to the movies it would be like this Clover>Heroine Disquilifed> My pretend Girlfriend>Jinx

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6 Comments

  1. May 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm — Reply

    Hey Hanakimi!

    I’ve been watching a fair amount of Japanese movies lately so I do really appreciate this article. I watched Clover recently. It certainly had its charm and there were some aspects of the movie I really enjoyed. Finding the perfect romantic movie really can be quite tricky but I liked your analogy of it being like searching for the perfect boyfriend lol. 🙂

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm — Reply

      Hello ^^ It’s been a while since I posted something , but I’m really glad that we share the same opinion about Clover. The boyfirend analogy came without much thinking , we are romantic souls after all…

  2. urbanscrappy
    May 9, 2016 at 12:52 am — Reply

    Thanks for this post. I’m always on the lookout for a good shoujo film. I’ve watched most of these but hadn’t heard of Clover, so am going to hunt it down.

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm — Reply

      I’m glad you find this post helpful, what is your opinion about the movies you watched? “Clover” is decent you should watch it!

  3. catt
    June 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    I watched all but Clover. Gonna check it later. As for this year, I’m looking forward some promising titles: P to JK, Chihayafuru, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (the manga is genred shounen), and Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji.

    Yamazaki Kento is still dominating the list. But it never hurts me to see him everywhere lol. My favorite is still Kamenashi Kazuya, though.

    • June 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm — Reply

      Did you like the movies? Yes there are many manga adaptions coming out. I didn’t know about some of the ones you mentioned. P to JK sounds so intresting and wow my no1 is Kame too, KAT-TUN <3 I got excited but I saw it will be released on December and then the subs will propably take too long to come out.

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