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Love*Com The Movie

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Based on the bestselling comic by Aya Nakahara, LOVE*COM THE MOVIE is a high-school romantic comedy centering on two students. Risa Koizumi is taller than the average girl, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Ôtani, a shorter than average boy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy duo. But as their friendship develops, so do Risa's feelings toward Otani.

Special Features Include:
English subtitles
Director & Cast Profile
Hello, Girlfriend: A parody short film
Interviews with starring actors Ema Fujisawa & Teppei Koike
Music Video by Umi Bouzu
Original Japanese Trailers

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Product Details

  • Actors: Teppei Koike, Ema Fujisawa, Shizuyo Yamazaki, Shosuke Tanihara
  • Directors: Kitaji Ishikawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: VIZ Pictures, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YZ7UFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love*Com The Movie" on IMDb

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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2008
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Risa Koizumi is too tall for a girl. Atsushi Otani is too short for a boy. You know the rest. Hijinks ensue.

Well, OK, it may not actually be that simple, but that is pretty much the gist of Love*Com (Which is a shortened form of "Lovely Complex", which doesn't have any real meaning besides being bad Japanese-English). Based on a popular shojo manga, this is just a light and fluffy formula-romance comedy pairing two oddballs who are perfect only for each other. The film follows the style of the manga, with sudden flights of anime-inspired fantasy interspersed with reality, and that is its saving grace, and where most of the charm comes in.

Formula films depend a lot on the abilities of their actors to save the day, and the cast of "Love*Com" does OK. Most of them, including the leads, are pretty much inexperienced as actors, but that doesn't hurt them too much. Model Ema Fujisawa playing Risa is cute in an odd sort of way, and fits the role perfectly. Teppei Koike, a singer and "idol" is a little too cool as Atsushi, and it is hard to buy that he has a hard time finding a girlfriend. The film is absolutely peppered with cameos by popular Japanese comedians, but that probably won't mean much to too many Americans. Shizuyo Yamazaki (Sayuri from "Hula Girls") is funny as Risa's older sister, a giant girl in her own right but who managed to hook herself a man.

The films keeps up a good pace, but then fizzles near the end. A problem with some manga adaptations, they tried to fit too much of the popular story in, and just when things should have been coming to their happy conclusion, a new rival steps in and the film drags.
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I own a lot of movies and TV series from Korea and Japan. I was happy to add Love*Com to my collection. I enjoyed the storyline of the tallest girl dating the shortest boy in school. This is just a fun movie to view; you don't have to think too hard. Best of all--it has a happy ending.
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I have never read the manga (though after seeing this movie I am DEFINETELLY going to) but I thought that the movie was very good. The movie had cheesy parts in it that had me rolling on the floor laughing but it also had serious parts in it that had me holding my breath. The main guy character in this movie is one of the cutest actors ever, Teppei Koike, in it and he just makes it GREAT!! The movie also came with information about the actors, PV's (the Japanese equivalent of a music video), Trailers, and extra credits which were really funny and interesting to watch. This movie will leave you laughing and is a definite 'must see'.

Now, about the shipping and subtitles and stuff like that. The movie came in about one week or less which was a couple weeks before I was expecting it and so that was awesome!! The subtitles were really good. I have been learning Japanese for about 2 years and though I am just a beginner and I am not even close to mastering the language, I know enough of the language that I could tell that the subtitles were correct. The movie wasn't wrapped in bubble wrap or anything so I was slightly worried but it was in a good and sealed envelope/container thing and so the movie was completely safe.
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Definitely a movie that is cute and fluffy and fun, without much substance. To note is the cast full of rising stars, such as the two main characters. Koike Teppei has appeared in many dramas before, but it is Love Com that brings him to the big screen attention of international anime fans who don't watch Japanese dramas. Also in the film is Mizushima Hiro in one of his first roles in a film, and he's one to watch out for too, though neither boy gets anything particularly out of the formulaic character acting.

This is not a hard movie to make, but somehow the director drags it out too long with too many subplots--I feel like the rival situation at the end was just unnecessary as we all know what will happen in the end anyway. Still though, the entire movie is pretty funny, and worth a couple of hours of your time for a few laughs.
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I have never read the anime that this live action movie is based on since I'm not a huge anime fan but I tend to like these live action movies based on anime (death note is another one). I can't speak for the accuracy or similarities because of that. I also have a dvd with NO subtitles and have no idea what the characters are saying. Yet I still LOVED this movie. It was a complete visual experience. It's so colorful and fun. Everything from what they eat (ice cream or drinks) to the main character's awesome room - is so pretty and colorful...I can't stress it enough. Ema Fujisawa (that main girl) is also impossibly adorable. The gist of the movie is the tall girl and short guy end up falling in love...that's all you really need to know about the story in my opinion.
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Don't expect it to be 100 % identical from the manga or the anime both were super long( in a good way) so you can't expect them to fit everything in to the movie.

That being said it was a very cute and clean movie that the actors did a great job with. There is even a bonus "Umibozu" video and karaoke in the special features if you need more cheese.

I love my Shorty!
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