Saturday, December 8, 2012

Bokura ga Ita [Live Action Movie (2012)]

Ikuta Toma latest movie, it was released in two parts as the posters below:

Title : 僕等がいた (We were There)
Director: Miki Takahiru
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Takaoka Sosuke, Motokariya Yuika
Genre: Drama

Based on the manga written by Yuki Obata, Bokura ga Ita had been aired as anime before it was finally adapted as live action movie. The story revolves around the relationship between Yano Motoharu (Ikuta Toma) and Takahashi Nanami (Yoshitaka Yuriko).


The first part begin with the 20s-year-old Takahashi standing on the rooftop of her former high school, talking to the blue sky as if she was talking to Yano. The story flows as she recollect her memories of him.

Takahashi and Yano both knew each other when they were 17. Yano was very popular with girls due to his good-looking face and bright brain while Takahashi was a common girl with moderate academical ability. Despite being classmate, the first time they talked was on the rooftop. Takahashi was pitying herself for a bad score when a paper plane landed behind her, showing off a '0' mark on the tip of its wing. Looking up she found Yano sitting on the higher part of the roof. She then approached him with the intention of consoling the man about the score. However, Yano took back his paper and open it, showing off the complete score: 100.

Since then the two of them have slowly become friends. Takahashi also befriend of Yano's best friend: Takeuchi, from whom she heard about Yano's past: his late girl friend who was killed in the accident when she was with her ex. The girl was the older sister of Yamamoto, their nerdy classmate. Because of that, Yano always seems like carrying a large burden on his shoulder to Takahashi. As she watches over the sad man, she gradually falls for him and they become lovers.

The first part ends with Yano leaves for Tokyo, and their memories stops there.

The second part begin from Yano's departure to Tokyo and their long distance relationship. Yano's mom is divorced and diagnosed with the last stadium of brain cancer, which forces the high-school kid to work for their life. He gradually lost his self-confidence. His mother dies and Yano can't help but think that he can't keep his promise to protect people dear to him. Yano eventually decides to let go of Takahashi, asking Takeuchi to help him protect the girl he loves.

Takahashi, on the other side, know nothing about Yano's reason as he never says goodbye. She keeps waiting for the phone calls and messages for years. When she finally got admitted to a university in Tokyo, as they have promised, she searched for her lover but couldn't find him. However, she keeps waiting. When they finally meet, Yano tells her his story and say that their path will never cross each other again, so they walk on their own path and separate again.

The epic was when Takahashi and Takeuchi attend their friend's wedding party in their hometown and visit their high school. Takashi recollects her memories of the school and Yano, and goes up to the rooftop, the memorable place for her. It is actually the beginning scene of the the first part. Takahashi talks to the sky as if she were talking to Yano. Suddenly a familiar voice calls her, as she turns, she finds... Yano. End.

I like this movie.^^ Watching a 28-year old Ikuta Toma acts as a 17 teenager, it reminds me of Nakatsu Suichi, refreshing, haha...


Have a glimpse here.


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