Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn’t pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she’s just not cut out to be a part of the real world.
Words from Me:
The movie was a manga adaptation from Asano Inio’s art and it has so many significant parallels that I felt like I was reading the manga all over again while watching the movie with the plus of music which was pretty fantastic by the way. Though some situations were not brought up in the film, i.e. one of the guys was really in love with the main protagonist but that wasn’t really dwelled on, the thought of the manga was still incorporated and didn’t make much difference.
I think I enjoyed Solanin because of the fact that I was able to read the manga in the first place and was able to appreciate it more due to the involvement of music. Seeing Aoi Miyazaki act Meiko was quite amazing to watch because she fit the role perfectly, as if the manga was written for her. Also, it was very interesting to watch her sing out on the stage which was the first time I’ve ever seen her sing like that and a rock genre nonetheless. I just hope that wasn’t a voice over or else I might tear my hair out because I find her really cool doing that rock gig thing. Then there’s Kengo Kora, the other lead guy who’s oh so good looking and yet looked really weird and funny in this movie. Despite that I still liked his acting and could empathize with whatever he was feeling during a scene. Adding some piece of information I was able to gather about the soundtrack, Asian Kung Fu Generation was the one who produced the rock songs that Naruo’s band performed, though it was still penned by Asano.
The pacing of the story was alright, it wasn’t slow nor too fast, but you had to understand the dialogue to appreciate it for what it is. There is so much meaning to the title Solanin and the movie would explain it well. There were funny moments on simple actions and tear jerking moments in unexpected scenes.
I won’t be saying much about the movie anymore because I have the same thoughts as with the manga, so I’m linking you there instead: SOLANIN manga
One last thing… they were able to produce Meiko’s t-shirt from the manga for the Live Action movie. That one, I really liked because it meant that they were really going through with details.