Koisuru Nichiyoubi - Watashi Koishita (”Love on Sunday - I Loved”) is director Hiroki Ryuichi’s second title for BS-i satellite channel’s “Japanese Break Through Films” series. While the first Koisuru Nichiyoubi was about farewell, follow-up Koisuru Nichiyoubi - Watashi Koishita, starring Horikita Maki (One Missed Call Final, Always - Sunset on Third Street) and Kubozuka Shunsuke (Big Bang Love, Juvenile A), revolves around a final reunion. Koisuru Nichiyoubi - Watashi Koishita’s melodramatic premise and teen drama stars qualify the film for “pure love” status, but the method of storytelling is different from other films of the genre. The film is noticeably absent of the grand melodrama and overt hearttugging one might expect, and instead maintains a realistically subdued air of adolescent languor. The use of handheld camera and a raw screenplay keep the proceedings organic, as if capturing a slice of life as it happens.
Seventeen-year-old Nagisa (Horikita Maki) lost her mother to cancer, and she has just been diagnosed with the same disease. With only three months left to live, she calmly leaves for Chiba to visit her first love, Satoshi (Kubozuka Shunsuke). Her junior high sweetheart has since grown into a full-fledged slacker, living alone by the sea and working odd jobs. He takes her in like an old friend, unaware that Nagisa is ill. When Nagisa realizes that Satoshi is sleeping with a married woman (Takaoka Saki), she must come to terms with her first love and her final days.