My Teacher (Japanese Movie 2017)

Synopsis:

Based on the manga series of the same name by Kawahara Kazune. Sophomore and representative of the archery club, Shimada Hibiki is a 17-year-old student who has never been in love. During her high school’s entrance ceremony she sees Kosaku Ito, her 26-year-old world history teacher, who is well known to be a stern and cold person. Hibiki, rescued by Ito after a minor incident, discovers that their teacher is actually compassionate towards others and starts to develop romantic feelings for him. Hibiki confesses, and her honest and young love begins to slowly melt Ito’s heart.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

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Words from me:

I have ambivalent feelings about this movie.

I love Ikuta Toma but it feels like the whole movie lacks substance and is focused on the high school girl’s love towards her teacher. The manga probably would have been really good but the Movie adaptation wasn’t able to live up to the hype and simply felt like there was some sense of pedophilia in all of these even though the story tries to tell me that it’s supposed to be “pure love” between a man and a young woman. However, watching it all unfold still felt weird.

It’s really sad that I have so many complaints with the script and story line, but setting those aside, I totally love the actors. I’ve been following Ikuta Toma’s work for quite some time now and this is probably one of the best characters that I’ve seen him in. I like the fact that his character was a total tsundere – this is a Japanese term that describes a person who is initially cold or hostile before gradually showing a warmer, friendlier side over time. Personally, I think this kind of character is perfect for him. Then there’s Hirose Suzu, the fact that she’s pretty even with short hair is kind of killing me. How can someone look so great even with short hair??? Besides that, I think her pairing up with Toma for this movie is the best choice. Despite the lackluster of the script, both actors look really great together. They are simply an eye candy to watch. As for the supporting characters, there’s nothing much to mention because even if they were not there, I think the drama between the main leads could still push forward.

There are no problems with the actors or their acting. I think they were really great, the problem lies solely from the script. For those who had read the manga, they would have probably understood the scene even without the dialogue, but for someone like me who had no idea about the original story, I had to second guess what the characters wanted to imply with what they were saying.

Cinematography wise, the scenes were really lovely. There was this overall sepia feel to it that makes the whole movie seem dreamlike. The OST wasn’t really that memorable for me despite the melancholic soft tones. I didn’t have the last song syndrome for it even during the important scenes. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this movie for those who are looking a meaningful show to watch, but in case someone is looking for a movie to pass time with, this would be a nice film to check out.

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