Paradise Kiss (Japanese Movie 2011)



Yukari Hayasaka is a high school student who has become tired of her life of constant schooling. She then comes across a group of student fashion designers in need of a model for their “Paradise Kiss” clothing label. Yukari knows nothing about the fashion world and is taken back by the group’s eccentric ways, but she soon comes to admire their free thinking ways and ability to pursue their dreams with a one track mind.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

Another live action movie adapted from a manga.

Paradise Kiss is the creation of Ai Ayazawa, one of my favorite mangaka who happens to be the same author of Nana. (I just HAD to include that here.)

This movie made me nod my head and say, “Okay, that was good… now next please.” It wasn’t something special compared to reading the manga. It was so different that I couldn’t help myself from getting disappointed and pissed off, but I did somehow end up with a complacent feeling thanks to Mukai Osamu who acted as George just because he was so darn hot. Then there’s the female lead Keiko Kitagawa as Yukari who is actually a model turned actress in real life that she was able to portray Yukari in a good way.

As for character comparisons, Miwako was supposed to be small! But they used a taller actress for her which was sad because she was a key character too. There is also Arashi who is Miwako’s boyfriend. He didn’t make much impact here compared in the manga where he was such a laid back guy not the stiff one he portrayed in the movie, then Hiroyuki also ruined it for me. He was supposed to be the-clean-cut-looking-guy, with brunette hair and a killer smile, but they made him sport a blondish hair which made him look like gangster no matter how they made him sport decent looking clothes.

However, after all my character rant, Isabella finally comes in to the rescue! They have chosen Shunji Igarashi to act as Isabelle. I can’t believe they could make him into such a beautiful transvestite. This was mostly the high light of my movie watching along with Yukari/Caroline’s cat walk and George’s created dress.

Overall it was a fine movie, but not one I would be recommending to those who loved the anime and manga.


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