My Tomorrow Your Yesterday (Japanese Film Review)

Tomorrow I will Date The Yesterday You film poster

My Tomorrow Your Yesterday (Japanese Film Review)

Cast:

  • Sota Fukushi as Takatoshi Minamiyama
  • Nana Komatsu as Emi Fukuju
  • Masahiro Higashide as Shoichi Ueyama
  • Akira Otaka as Takamori Minamiyama
  • Yoshiko Miyazaki as Keiko Minamiyama

This film is also called Boku wa Asu, Kinō no Kimi to Dēto Suru and Tomorrow I will Date the Yesterday You.

It is a very tender, if rather a bittersweet, love story between two beings from different worlds, literally.

I have to admit that I had a lump in my throat and had a few tears during the course of the film, especially towards the end.  Having said that, don’t let this put you off from watching the film.  There are a lot of cute and tender scenes as an onset to being in love.  It is a very intelligent film.

Nana Komatsu is an excellent actress.   She has that stillness about her that somehow give credence to any role she undertakes.  (I have seen a few movies and dramas she did before and I love them).  She project vulnerability  so well and yet at the same time a maturity and strength..

Her portrayal of Emi Fukuju is very sympathetic and wholesome.

Sota Fukushi, well he is a total eye candy.  He is turning into a fine actor as well.  His deadly weapon, of course, is his winning smile  reflected by the glint in his eyes. 🙂

***Spoiler Alert***

Please do not read on if you wanted to be surprised.

Anyway the story is about Emi and Takatoshi.  Duh! 🙂

They first ‘met’ on a train.  Takatoshi was on his way to university; he was studying visual arts or something as he wanted to become a cartoonist.  As he looked around the crowded train, he spotted a girl, who seemed to be shining.  He fell in love with her at  first sight.

He was normally a shy guy but this time he took a chance and followed the girl, Emi.

He asked for her email address or any contact details, but Emi said she doesn’t have any.

Thinking that he had been rebuffed, he did not persist.

But Emi said that she doesn’t really have an email address.

He immediately confessed to her that he had fallen in love with her at first sight. 🙂

Emi started crying and promised to see him the next day.

A cute romance developed between them helped by his friend Ueyama.

There were scenes that were particularly enlightening regarding Japanese culture.  They started calling each other by their surname Minamiyami and Fukuju.  After more days had passed, when they were slightly more familiar which each other, it became Takotoshi-chan and Emi-san.  On their 15 days of being together they’ve agreed to be more familiar yet and dropped the san and the chan altogether.  It was sweetly amusing watching them almost incandescent with delight with the progression in how they call each other, which shows how they are getting closer to each other.

Honorifics in Japan is rigorously observed.

(Now I understand fully why Nao was jealous and upset with Uehara in the drama Good Morning Call Season Two.  Euhara calls his lady boss by her given name, Saeko and therefore he was too familiar with her.)

As days went by, Takatoshi noticed that Emi was acting strange.  She seems to know what happens before it happens.

He then found a little notebook, Emi accidentally left at his apartment, detailing events that had already happened and those that yet to happen in their relationship, like meeting the parents. 🙂

Takatoshi asked Emi what was going on.  The poor girl had to confess the truth. She came from another world, a parallel world, where it runs opposite of the timeline of our Earth.  It means she had already experience what was about to happen in Takatoshi’s timeline. She knows the future but no idea of the his past, even of what just occurred of his ‘yesterday’ past.

But the crux of the matter was that his world and her world ‘collide’ or overlap every five years and within a duration of 30 days each time only.

At this  point in time, they were both 20 years old.  This was ‘IT’ for both of them as lovers.  Any other time that they meet again, being together is impossible (& certainly against morality and the law) 🙂

They first really met when she was a cute five years old and he was 35.  He saved her from a fire during a festival. And then again when he was 5 and she was 25  She saved him from drowning.  When he was 10 they briefly met and she gave him a locked box that she made him promised to look after.  What was inside the box was the evidence that they will be together at some point.

It was a sad ending because they will never meet again as 20 year old lovers but at least they made full use of the 30 days and love each other so tenderly and passionately.

Love the story.  It is perfect weepy for Valentine’s day.  🙂

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