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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Futari ~ Watashitachi ga Eranda Michi / ふたり ~私たちが選んだ道~



2003 Japanese movie about a young couple who fall in love, get married, and start out their expectant lives together when tragedy strikes and they, along with their closest relatives, are left to face some interesting if not predictable and oft-times unrealistic decisions about the future.

Futari stars Nagase Tomoya as Kamagata Yoshiyuki, the husband, and Fukada Kyoko as Kamagata Mutsumi, the wife.

He's got an office job and she is a nurse at a hospital, and they live in a nice apartment.

On the eve of a much-anticipated weekend get-away in the country, Kamagata-kun gets into an accident on his motorcycle and ends up in a hospital other than the one where his wife works.

He's paralyzed from the waist down and will never walk again, and so our story begins here, where for about two hours we walk along at baby steps pace with our newlyweds as they struggle to come to terms with the twist fate handed them in a split second.

The only reason I chose to watch Futari is because of Nagase-san.

He may be old to a lot of you, but to me, he's fine as wine and oh, so easy on the eyes - even if he does remind me of Johnny Depp.

He's been around awhile, with an impressive list of film & drama credits to his name, along with the fact he's the lead singer of a group I have yet to listen to, so shame on me in the slacker department - gotta get my hands on some of their music and make a judgment call about his talent in Tokio.

I was wrong to pre-judge this film, and I appreciated the fact that the writers chose to remain realistic while also capturing just a tad of the sappy silliness no-doubt meant to take away some of the heaviness from the serious content of the storyline.

It's been around for awhile now, but if you haven't seen Futari yet, I recommend you give it a go and find out for yourself how simple yet complex, entertaining yet serious a Japanese movie can be.

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