I was super excited for the movie version of Close Range Love, a movie based on Japanese comic book Kinkyori Renai. Nana Komatsu plays Yuni, a smart high school students who excels in every subjects except English.
Yamapi (Yamashita Tomohisa) plays the hero Haruka Sakurai who is a popular English teacher at Yuni's school. As a handsome young school teacher, Haruka is the romantic fantasy of all of the high school girls at the school... except Yuni who treats him coldly like she does everyone else.
However, things between Yuni and Haruka start to change when Haruka orders Yuni to start taking private English lessons from him. And of course the rest is history as our two leads start to develop feelings for each other.
Yamapi pretty much played his cool usual self in this movie... which is exactly what I was hoping for! Now, most of you probably are all pretty familiar with the fact this is a student-teacher romance, so it was kinda necessary to put on my Japanese comic book glasses which magically makes the usual icky story all the sudden romantic. For those of you who are not Japanese comic book readers... I have no clue how to explain why Japanese comic books just operate on different rules but then they just made Thor into a girl so maybe if you are a comic book writer you can do whatever you want.
As far as the movie go, Close Range Love did a great job at making me remember the volcanic like young school crushes and a particular good looking teacher... oh, wait none of my teacher looked like Yampi. All of the confrontation and the romance progression in this movie probably is not going to surprise any viewers but despite being predicable I still enjoyed watching it a lot.
Anyhow, lots of swooning on my part as I was watching this movie even if as a one who is used to 16 episode dramas I was like "What? That's it?" when the movie finished. Don't get me wrong, the movie was wrapped up in a pretty satisfying manner I am just used to my shows being 14 hours longer. I guess now I just have to wait for a drama version of Close Range Love to come out.