The film stars Akiko Kikuchi who has built up a unique world view that has made her widely popular among Japanese youth. While active as a model and actress, she also serves as editor-in-chief of a sublime fashion and lifestyle mook (magazine/book) called “Mush” that enjoys a strong female readership. With her diversity of talents and interests, Kikuchi is perfect casting for bringing the role of Midori to life. In the role of the city bred, non-assertive “grass-eating type” Mao is cast Ayumu Nakajima, a rising star who captured the hearts of women audiences with his role in the NHK serial drama, “Hanako & Anne”. Yukiko Sode, winner of numerous film festival awards at home and abroad, makes her feature-length film debut as director. The birth of a new kind of love story that begins with “marriage” and delves into a current of modern relationships where male and female partners seek to follow and accept each other’s lifestyles.
Good stripes = wonderful parallel lines
I have my life. You have yours. We’ll just have to accept that. It’s a new type of romance… that begins with marriage.
Midori and Mao have been together for four years and the relationship is growing dull. She is the free-spirited artsy type while he comes from a privileged family. Just as the two are thinking of breaking up, Midori discovers she is pregnant! They decide to marry and start a life together that quickly exposes the vast difference in values and upbringing. With wedding plans underway, they dig up roots from each other’s lives they hadn’t previously known.
■ 16th Nippon Connection (2016)
- Nippon Visions
■ Singapore Japanese Film Festival (2016)
■ Camera Japan Festival (2016)
■ Festival of New Japanese Film Osnabrueck (2016)
- Akiko Kikuchi (菊池亜希子) ,Ayumu Nakajima (中島歩)
- Written and Directed
- Yukiko Sode (岨手由貴子)
- Japan release
- May 30, 2015
- Drama, Romance, Comedy
- Technical Specs
- Color / 1:1.85 / Digital / 5.1ch