Director: Natsuki Imai
Cast: Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura
Runtime: 2 hrs
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Official Website: http://koizora-movie.jp/index.html
Opening Day: 6 March 2008
The cell-phone novel that moved 11 million to tears
Uploaded to a cell-phone website, this tale of an average
girl’s three stormy years of high school, a saga of
love, rape, pregnancy, miscarriage, parting, and reunion,
is in fact a true story. Striking a chord with many women,
its popularity spread like wildfire by word of mouth, and
published in book form was an instant best-seller, with 1.3
million copies snapped up in only three weeks. The work is
a true phenomenon of the emerging cell-phone society.
This is one of those Japanese movies belonging to the high-school-boy-meets-girl-with-terminal-illness-or-vice-versa-and-one-of-them-dies
genre. Predecessors include Love Letter from a long time back,
Crying Out Love in the Center of the World and Nada Sou Sou
of recent memory. Make no mistake: the Japanese audience knows
who dies after the first scene, but each of the aforementioned
movie top-grossed in the country. Now that's really top-gross.
selling points for each movie is basically the same. Find
the most popular, most photogenic and most crybaby almost-teen
starlets; put them in the movie, and watch one of them die
while the other cries. Prettily. For the boys out there, the
deck is stacked heavily against us. In about 80% of movies
from this genre, the high-school dude dies. That's quite sad,
for the high school girls are all wide-eyed cute little things
that boys won't mind spending more time with.
said, if you have the tenacity to endure the cheesy lovey-dovey
lines and you like a clean colourful bright sunshine palate
for cinematography, these Japanese flicks are cute date fodder.
Each movie has a unique selling point, and Sky of Love promises
a whole boatload of unique selling points. Rape, miscarriage
and a white-haired dragonboy. This also happens to be a cellphone
novel and a true story.
the teens tried their best to emote, but there simply wasn't
enough script for them to act upon, and the director fell
into the very bad habit of fleshing-out characters like two-dimensional
female lead was raped with 3 men watching and recording the
ordeal, but she recovered in two full minutes of screen time
to continue making moon-eyes at dragonboy. Skinny dragonboy
beat up four punks easily. They had sex in the school library!
Nobody reads books in Japan apparently; they read cell-phone
novels. The movie was based on a true story, but it was completely
are better characterizations in manga.
(If you are a fan of the said Japanese genre, you will want
to watch this show)
Review by Tyler Lim