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2016 / 119m - Japan
Adventure, Mystery
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2015 / 119m - Japan
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A rather simple but likeable and easily digestible drama. Bakuman offers a peak into the world of mangakas, though don't expect anything too serious. The presentation is light and focuses on familiar themes like chasing your dream, overcoming problems and valuing friendship. In that sense, it could've been about literally every other topic.

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The film does touch upon some some less idyllic aspects of the job, like the pressure of serialization, the competition and the harsh working conditions, but none of that really makes a big impression. The characters are a bit too stereotypical and the drama a little too convenient for that. Then again, big drama and social critique is clearly not what this film set out to do.

The cast is likeable, the cinematography slick (with a couple of stand-out scenes) and the film flows well. Even though it's two hours long, it never drags or loses momentum. It's just a very warm, easy-going drama that has its heart in the right place, but doesn't really excel at anything particular. Premium filler in other words.

The Vortex of Love

Koi no Uzu
2013 / 140m - Japan
The Vortex of Love poster

Tornado Girl

Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy to Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl
2017 / 100m - Japan
Comedy, Romance
Tornado Girl poster

Romantic comedy that turns a little darker toward the end. While there is enough interesting material here, director Hitoshi Ône keeps things a little too clean and poppy. The film has a solid cast and looks pretty enough, but my overall impression was that the film is a little too fleeting and light-weight. Decent filler, but nothing more.

Love Strikes!

2011 / 118m - Japan
Comedy, Romance
Love Strikes! poster

A decent mix of comedy and romance, though it's clear the comedy bits work better than the romance. It's all quite cliché and over-the-top, which isn't too bad for a comedy, but in the end it's hard to really feel for these characters. It's not a bad film, pretty decent filler, but I hoped for a little more from Ône.