In Japanese with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Shousuke Murakami
Cast: Nao Minamisawa, Junpei Mizobata, Ryo
Kimura, Rei Okamoto, Anna Ishibashi, Nanami Sakuraba, Tomo Yanagishita,
Kasumi Suzuki, Ryo Tajima, Sayuri Iwata, Masahiro Kohmoto, Mirai
Yamamoto, Shigemitsu Ogi, Noriko Watanabe
RunTime: 1 hr 48 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Opening Day: 25 June 2009
has been in love with Yuya all her life. They’ve grown
up together. But when they reach their second year of middle
school, Yuya suddenly professes his love for her older sister,
Struggling to rebound from her decade-long crush, Mei finds
comfort in the close camaraderie of her school friends, Taka,
Mia, Yuri, Natsu, Mitsu and Sara and then meets a reticent
and gentle-natured boy named Atsushi. The two begin to realize
that they share many things in common that seem to transcend
mere coincidence: the same birthday (February 29th, 1992)
and a previous encounter when they were both 8. Feeling a
bond of fate, they grow closer.
But destiny can have a dark side to it, too, and a shocking
revelation from both of their pasts compels Atsushi to pull
away from Mei. The devastating separation then unleashes a
wave of misfortune upon Mei: the death of a loved one, drug
addiction and domestic violence. As circumstances seek to
take control of her life, Mei struggles to maintain her faith
in the tenuous thread of destiny that will reunite her with
her true love.
This reviewer does not go to the cinemas to watch Asian movies
often especially romantic Korean/Japanese ones. However, he
has a soft spot for tearjerkers as such having cried endlessly
when watching the Korean movie, The Classic many years ago
as a teenager. Threads of Destiny was a welcome change or
so he thought.
box-office hit back in Japan, Threads of Destiny is also a
television series which was adapted from a book of the same
name. While it is no surprise that it blazed a trail at the
cinemas, the movie would have probably worked better if it
had just remained on the television.
movie is about two schoolmates, Mei and Atsushi, who fall
in love with one another and the destiny of their relationship.
After Atsushi’s brave attempt at courting her, they
both start to discover that they have a number of things in
common, most importantly, the fact that they share the same
birthday, 29th February. Soon, they also learn that destiny
had brought them together before on their eighth birthday
when they bumped into each other at a cake shop. This soon
strengthens their bond as Atsushi had made a promise to her
on that fateful day.
when more people find out about their relationship, Atsushi
separates from Mei, only for her to discover the reasons later.
The separation also causes a lot of changes in Mei’s
life which tests her emotionally especially since it involves
both her family and friends.
two teenage lovebirds’ journey is one that is filled
with challenges and obstacles but none too epic. Yet, these
incidents seem to happen too quickly within the span of the
movie thus making it seem a bit too unimaginable and contrived.
It also warrants a question if Japanese youths respond in
such a manner. A case in point would be when Mei’s best
friend, Sara, reacts drastically when she finds out that her
crush, Taka, had been out with Mei when the class had gone
on a tour of another city. This irrational decision almost
cost Sara her life!
secondary plot of the movie also deals with the friendships
one make and people one encounters during one’s school
days and while they may somehow bring back memories, comments
about the television series seem to reveal that it would work
better played out over a longer course of time and episodes.
said the cast is made up of good-looking and young Japanese
talents. The amount of eye-candy makes up for the lack of
depth and this reviewer was most enamoured by the actress
playing Sara. This is probably not the best coming out from
the Asian romance genre but this reviewer is tempted to find
out how he can get his hands on a copy of the series!
(A teenage romance that works better on the television than
in the cinemas)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri