Genre: School, Youth, Musical, Romance, (Psychological) 🙂
Date Released: 2017
- Kento Nakajima as Takumi Sakagami
- Kyoko Yoshine as Jun Naruse
- Anna Ishii as Natsuki Nito
- Kanichiro as Daiki Tasaki
The Anthem of the Heart (Japanese Movie Review)
This is a very watchable film with good acting from the four leads.
The story is about a girl who somehow ‘lost’ her voice. It all started when she was very young. She was a blabbermouth kid, who talked about everything that came into her head, including about the things that she saw.
She loves fairy tales and she aspire to be a princess someday. 🙂 Don’t we all?!!!
One day, this chatty little girl was coming home from school. She passed this Blue castle like edifice, which she loved so much. She saw her father just leaving the castle with a woman. They were so lovey dovey. 🙂
She excitedly run home to report to her mother what she saw. She happily said that her father was in the castle with a princess. She then asked her mom ingenously why she did not want to be the princess?!!!
The mom told her never to talk about what she saw with anyone. Then the next thing was that her parents were divorcing.
As the horrid dad was moving away after the divorce, the girl came running after him. All he said to her was that it was all her fault. She shouldn’t have told. The divorce was her fault and wish she never talks.
From then on the girl stopped actively talking. When she talks she gets excruciating stomach ache.
During her middle school, her homeroom teacher appointed her as one of the four to lead the Regional Friendship Exchange Executive Committee. Their project was to present something at the community centre. They decided to hold and present a musical.
Jun Naruse volunteered to write the script which is about a poor girl who wanted to join in with the dancing at the castle at whatever cost.
Of course no one can play the role of the poor girl except Jun. For some reasons, she can sing beautifully without any problems but she just can’t talk normally.
During the preparation of the musical everybody got close together. Naruse thought herself in love with Sakagami, who in return has been in love with his first love, Nito.
Nito is still in love with Sakagami but felt guilty for not standing up for Sakagami in elementary school. She also thought that he was already in a relationship with Naruse Jun.
The fourth member of the team was Daiki. He was an ace baseball player but currently injured so he had time in his hands.
On the last day before the musical event, Naruse overheard Sakagami confessing to Nito.
She was so upset that she lost her singing voice but regained her speech.
On the day of the presentation Naruse was nowhere to be found. Anyway the show must go on. Nito ably substituted for her.
Sakagami went looking for Jun and found her in the now derelict Blue castle.
She confessed her love to Sakagami, who was so kind in turning her down because he was in love with Nito.
Naruse accepted it and agreed to go to the community centre for the rest of the musical presentation.
She took over from Nito for the last bit of the drama and did it beautifully.
Towards the very end of the film, all fours were standing at the school building rooftop for one final shoutout.
Daiki shouted “I love Naruse Jun”
So happy ending for all after all,
I like this film because despite Jun debilitating inability for normal speech, she was not bullied or shun by her schoolmates. Usually you get name callings and isolations from this kind of dramas.
Naruse Jun looks like a cute little puppy.