|Gunjô: Ai ga shizunda umi no iro 2009 Japan Cobalt Blue|
I liked the poster. I like Blue. And I liked the blurb I read somewhere:
"a young woman ... is overwhelmed by despair and depression after her fiance’s sudden death. The film follows her touching emotional journey, revealing how her first love came to be and how she copes with the shocking loss."
But yikes! This film is bad. It seems more like a shot at giving some J-idols and starlets a chance at big screen time with integrity but just because they don't have to act stupid doesn't mean they act well. Maybe they do act well but the film is so overwrought with phony angst that it's hard to tell. The music, and there is lots of it, is boring new age dreck, and I don't mean just the soundtrack. There are several full on scenes of someone tinkling on the piano for endless minutes of boredom. The direction is of the style that lulls you to sleep by trying to force a pace of real life. In real life hours go by and nothing happens but I don't want to see a movie of that. If I see someone get into their car and drive off down a really long rode at 5 miles per hour it means I can watch them for a very long time but I don't think it makes for whoop dee doo cinéma verité. This is the John Tesh of movies. Stay away. Sadness in movies isn't compelling unless there is cruelty.
Summary: Based on Miyagi Ayako’s novel, Cobalt Blue stars popular actress Nagasawa Masami as a young woman who is overwhelmed by despair and depression after her fiance’s sudden death. The film follows her touching emotional journey, revealing how her first love came to be and how she copes with the shocking loss. Stage actor and former Johnny’s Jr. member Rachi Shinji makes his film debut as Nagasawa’s boyfriend. Fukishi Seiji (Oppai Volleyball, Your Friends) plays her childhood friend, while Sasaki Kuranosuke (After School) portrays her father.