|100 Yen no koi 2014 Japan 100 Yen Love|
So, I'm suffering through 100 Yen Love (100 Yen no koi) waiting to see one of my favorite actresses, Sakura Andô, get punched in the face. The first 71 minutes, or so, of the film are so repulsive, poorly written and conceived, and badly acted, that I can't believe I'm actually going to keep going, but somewhere in there Sakura's bumhole of a boyfriend serves her a plate of meat. She can't manage to cut a piece into her mouth. When asked how it is, she responds: "It's Stupidly Huge!"
Maybe you had to be there, but that line, in the midst of this giant turd of a film, made me laugh out loud.
The films ends well enough, and there is a scene of Sakura leaving her locker room and walking up some stairs, about to enter the ring for her first boxing match, where she is so in the method acting zone it gave me shivers. But, come on Sakura, for the first 71 minutes you acted dumb and frumpy and hid behind your hair. Stop doing that character, Sakura. It's not interesting any more. 100 Yen Love is a film made by people with no self-respect or pride in what they do. It's a zero to hero (kinda) story, but instead of giving us anything interesting, the makers lined up a bunch of losers and told them to act like stupid, obnoxious a-holes. Not interesting, not entertaining. But it's formula and it sells. No surprise this is Japan's submission to the Academy Awards.
Summary: Kazuko (Sakura Ando) lives at her parents' home. She rarely hangs out with other people. Things change when her younger sister divorces and moves back with her child. Kazuko and her sister's relationship goes bad, causing Kazuko to move out and live alone. What brings happiness to Kazuko is to watch a middle-aged boxer (Hirofumi Arai) practice at a boxing gym. The boxing gym is located between the 100 yen shop where she works and her home.
One day, Kazuko and the middle-aged boxer meet and they begin to live together.
1. Screenplay won the grand prize scenario award at the 2012 Shunan Film Festival.