Closest To Heaven (Japanese Film)
AKA: Kyo no Kira-kun, Today’s Kira Kun
Genre: School, Youth, Romance
Date release: February 2017
- Taishi Nakagawa as Yuiji Kira
- Marie Iitoyo as Ninon Okamura
- Shono Hayama as Kazuhiro Yabe
- Yuna Taira as Mio Hayagi
This is a touching school romance, which is based on a manga.
Okamura and Yuiji are neighbours but never talk or acknowledge each other although they belong to the same class in school.
Yuiji is handsome and a very popular boy while Ninon Okamura is totally lacking in self-confidence that she grew her fringe so long that they cover her eyes.
Her schoolmates shun her because they found her strange; they can’t see her full facial features and she spends all her free time in school knitting little birds.
At that point, her best friend or only friend is her pet parrot.
One day, one of the bully boys bumped into her. Though it was his fault he was so annoyed that he told her to just die already.
Yuiji heard the whole thing and went for the boy. Yuiji’s backstory was that he was a former yankee, a tearaway.
While she was in the park after school, she saw Yuiji holding a little bird that he was encouraging to fly away. She was then startled to note that Yuiji started crying uncontrollably. She was not altogether surprised as she had heard her parents talking about their neighbour’s son, Yuiji, who has a congenital heart disease and has only a year to live.
Ninon heard Yuiji muttering piteously that he does not want to be all alone.
Slowly she walked into the crying Yuiji. She was holding a pair of scissors. She then gently spoke to Yuiji and assured him that he will not be alone because she will be with him 365 days and then she started cutting her overlong fringe. At last he can see her whole face.
The next day, Ninon was rather self-conscious with her new hair-do. But she found Yuiji waiting for her near the school gate. He reminded her that she promised him that she will be with him 365 days, so she must take responsibility.
This started their friendship which is so cute and touching. It quickly developed into a sweet romance.
It has a lovely ending.
Yuiji wanted to live for Ninon so he changed his mind about not wanting to have a surgery.
And they live happily ever after.
Taishi Nakagawa is so kawaii and Marie is such a good actress with vulnerability written all over her.
Enjoyed this film and highly recommend it.