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Starring: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masami Nagasawa
Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006




- Teaser Trailer
- Trailer

- Promotion
- TV Spots
- Interviews




Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1:1.85
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Innoform Media




Yota had promised his late mother to take care of his little step-sister, Kaoru whom he has no blood relation with. In order to put Kaoru through university and open his own restaurant, Yota worked very hard. Gradually, Yota and Kaoru fell in love with each other. However their love in the eyes of others was forbidden. An unconditional love entwined with poverty and sickness...


This reviewer is a sucker for Japanese romantic weepies like this. How else would you explain his liking for films like Shunju Iwai’s Love Letter (1995), and more recently, Isao Yukisada’s Crying Out Love, in the Centre of the World (2004) and Nobuhiro Doi’s Be With You (2004)?

Pretty female leads aside, movies like these have a special ability to touch your hearts, although the stories are shamelessly predictable. It also helps that the visuals are particularly picturesque too.

Doi returns with a box office record-breaking movie starring the very good-looking Satoshi Tsumabuki (Water Boys, Spring Snow) and the very sweet Masami Nagasawa (Crying Out Love, in the Centre of the World, Touch). To put it simply, the movie tells the story of a forward-looking boy and his step-sister, and how their love for each other gradually develops against the backdrop of stunning beaches and shorelines.

And true to the fashion of such films, Doi has weaved a beautiful and moving story of pure and innocent love.

You’d fall in love with little things depicted in the 118-minute movie. The way the leads pinch their noses to stop tears from flowing, the way Nagasawa calls out “Nee-Nee” (brother in Japanese), and the gentle breeze that sways the trees on the beaches – they will tug the romantic heartstrings in you.

There is also the familiar-sounding theme song which will play in your mind long after the film rolls its nostalgic credits. Local viewers will recognize the song as the once overplayed Mandarin cover performed by Singaporean songstress Joi Chua. The original Japanese version has an extraordinarily tear-inducing tune that we suspect female viewers will particularly enjoy. It is apt then, that “Nada Sou Sou” is loosely translated as “Tears for You” in English.

No doubt this crowd-pleaser does not score point in originality (hands up, those who see an imminent death half an hour into the movie), but for anyone who has fallen in love before, this sincere production still has the power to make you believe that love is, as cliché as it sounds, beautiful.


This Code 3 DVD contains several trailers with different durations: two teaser trailers, four TV spots, a theatrical trailer and a promotional trailer. Also, there is a 24-minute interview featurette which, gasp, does not come with subtitles! Fans of the director, the handsome Tsumabuki and the pretty Nagasawa can still ogle at them talking on screen though.


The disc’s visual transfer makes the beaches and shorelines in Japan look very pretty. We can only imagine the joy of shooting a romantic movie like this there. English and Chinese subtitles are available with the Japanese audio track.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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