a forest full of lights
I had the most random and surreal week, the kind that needs almost all of your energy and mental capacity (and then some). I guess I can look at it this way, at least my life is not boring. But boy am I exhausted. I took a long nap as soon as I got home today and now all I want to do is stay in bed, have some chocolate chip cookies and tea, and watch my favorite DVDs for the rest of the weekend.
Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (Heavenly Forest) is a movie that I've been wanting to share with you. I've always been drawn to films that use places and natural lighting as a part of their storytelling, almost treating them as another character, and this is definitely one of those. I can watch it over and over again if only for these forest scenes and how beautifully they were filmed. Just look at all that gorgeous light!
Like most Japanese movies, the story is centered on small moments and details. A shy and budding photographer meets a quirky and happy-go-lucky girl on their first day of college. He started teaching her photography and together they spent most of their time in this lovely forest behind their school, taking pictures and becoming best friends.
Aoi Miyazaki and Hiroshi Tamaki are two of the most good-looking actors in Japan but in this movie, particularly in the scenes where they start to fall in love, they are downright luminous. Again, I think a lot of it has to do with the use natural light. And how their characters are both so down-to-earth and relatable, going through the same joys and heartbreak that most of us have experienced some time in our lives.
You can watch the official movie trailer here. It is also available to watch online with English subtitles here or here, though the picture quality is not that good.
P.S. I must warn you, some Kleenex might come in handy. ;)
Screencaps taken from the movie Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (2006)