A movie about something so strange that I had to see it. Starring popular Japanese singer Yui as the main protagonist Kaoru Amane. Kaoru was born with a rare skin disease called XP (short for xeroderma pigmentosum). It’s basically a DNA mutation which causes the skin to not be able to repair itself after exposure to ultra-violent rays / sunlight. Exposure could lead to further cell mutation and the development of cancer. Therefore, her schedule is to sleep during the day and wakes up at night. In the middle of it all, Kaoru is still a teenager and she has fallen for a fellow teen who she sees every morning before dawn. Right before the sun emerges from the horizon, she sees him waiting for his friends to go surfing. Seeing him everyday, Kaoru soon develops a crush on him. But with a disease like XP, isn’t it nearly impossible to meet anyone?
Released in 2006
Directed by Norihiro Koizumi
Overall Rating: C
Kaoru (Yui) at her singing spot.
The acting was average. Something else that bothers me was the multitudes of silient moments. The silence is comparable to standing-in-an-elevator-with-stranger silence. Very awkward. Kaoru and Koji would sit and they wouldn’t say anything for about 2 minutes. I understand that this represent the awkwardness that comes with teenage love, but there was just too much of it to be realistic. However, what bothers me the most is the fact that Yui was playing a singer. That’s like me pretending to be an artist. It doesn’t take much effort to play a role that you already know full well. Take Jun Matsumoto for example, I have yet to see him play a singer in any drama when he’s a part of one of the most popular boy-band of Japan – Arashi. This and several other factors that I would have picked up if I had finish the movie are why I gave this movie a C.
Koji (Takashi Tsukamoto) and Kaoru
There’s actually a drama version to this story starring Erika Sawajiri (who played Aya in 1 Litre of Tears). Because of the movie, I have mixed feelings about even watching the drama, but who knows. Maybe 5 years from now I’ll give it another shot.