HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
To celebrate this wonderful day, here is my review of a romance movie I recently watched, Daytime Shooting Star.
As you noticed in these past few weeks, I love to watch Live-action Japanese Movies. Why? Well, I want to see how they adapted the material, especially if the original source (mostly manga) have an important place in my heart. In this movie, I am not that quite familiar to the source. I read it once before but never got a chance to finish it (I forgot what chapter I was, eh). Because of that, I was able to separately judge this movie as it is and not compare it to the original.
Now that everything is settled, I guess I can now share my honest thoughts about this.
- Romaji: Hirunaka no Ryuusei
- Japanese: ひるなかの流星
- Release Date: March 24, 2017
- Runtime: 119 min.
- Source: Manga
- Genre: Teen-Romance, Drama
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
- Starring: Nagano Mei, Miura Shohei, Shirahama Alan, Yamamoto Maika, Sato Ryuta, etc.
- Synopsis: Suzume Yosano (Mei Nagano) is a first grade high school student. She lived in the countryside, but, due to her parents transferring overseas for work, Suzume now lives in Tokyo with her uncle (Ryuta Sato). Suzume has never had a boyfriend before, but she has feelings for her homeroom teacher Satsuki Shishio (Shohei Miura). Meanwhile, her classmate, Daiki Mamura (Alan Shirahama), becomes attracted to Suzume. (AsianWiki)
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
Okay, I’m calm now.
Daytime Shooting Star blew me away. I didn’t expect I would love it as much as I do now. I first got to watch this one all by myself, to check if this was worth my time or not. Oh boy, I didn’t expect I would finish it in one go without hesitation. Lol. I immediately convinced my sister to watch it again with me, which I kind of regret cuz my shoulder is now really sore cuz of her abuse (she can’t stop squeeling…rip right shoulder).
The story was your typical Shoujo romance premise. It was set in highschool, the main girl falling in love with the teacher, a classmate falls for the main girl, problems arise, main girl needs to choose which person she’ll be with, end of story. Yep, it was that generic. But bruh, I don’t care. I enjoyed watching it. I laughed. I was sad. I was touched. I felt alot of kilig. I especially felt is like to love someone. I had tons of fun. And that’s all it takes to make this movie worthwhile.
Even with a generic plot, it was the characters that made this movie amazing. The main girl, Suzume Yasano, she wasn’t your typical heroine. She’s a countryside girl, out of nowhere was thrown into the city, letting her experience the huge difference in lifestyles. Still, she was true to herself, no matter what comes in her way. I love that about her. The actress, Mei Nagano, did a fantastic job in portraying her character. I could never think of any other Japanese teen actress who could outshine Nagano’s performance. She definitely added alot of life and sunshine to the movie.
The male leads were really attractive. Lol.
I mean, I could totally understand why Suzume would fall for the teacher, Shishio-sensei. He’s really handsome, flirty and charismatic. But I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of him. Even though he is the main love interest of this movie, the fact that he’s a teacher bothers me. I understand that the teacher-student romance is a “thing” in Japan, but I don’t dig it. It definitely affected my liking to his character. Still, the actor, Miura Shohei, did really well as Shishio-sensei. He really fits the character.
Now, for the second male lead, I love him. He is precious. Lel. I like Daiki Mamura because I can totally see him as a person I would hangout in real life. From his personality alone, conversations would be really interesting. Going back to the movie, I love Mamura and Suzume’s relationship. It’s the type of relationship that had a solid foundation. I love that. For the actor, Shirahama Alan, damn he is handsome. Hahaahah. When I first saw him, I literally saw Jungkook of BTS. No kidding. They have similar facial structure on some angles, but not fully look-a-like. But that’s not the reason I got interested with him. It’s actually cuz he is half-Filipino. Oooohhohoohoh. Anyway, his acting was surprisingly good. For an idol from LDH, his acting was on point. He delivered the lines well and portrayed Mamura’s character, though at times, he seemed to be too “animated”. Still, it was a job well done.
Another factor that made this movie amazing to watch was the nice cinematography. It was done really well. There were alot of good shots, and the scenery in the background were breathtaking. I guess, my only problem here would be the ending part. I know it was sweet and all, but it lacked impact. If it was done well, then the movie would be perfect.
Overall, the movie was really good. Believe me, I didn’t expect this at all. I thought this would be like your any other shoujo romantic movie, but damn, it was a hella ride. I guess, one of the factor that made me like this movie would be the freshness of it. It was nice to see a different line-up of actors as Japan tend to recycle actors/actresses to a point you think they don’t have enough talents in the country(I love you Yamazaki Kento, but please stop portraying highschool male lead). This definitely made me want to watch more Japanese romantic movies.
We will see.
I guess, that’s it for now.
Thanks for reading!!