- Directed by Koji Kawano
- Wolfe Video LLC
- Japanese with English subtitles
- 96 Minutes
Adapted from Ebine Yamaji’s manga , Love My Life is a sweet coming of age, coming out story of two young university students from Japan who find each other and fall in love. We watch as Eri and Ichiko navigate their identities and how best to reveal themselves to family, friends, the culture and society in which they live. Each step in their process has a kind of domino effect and as a result long hidden secrets are revealed. Honesty, hope, and love prevail. (Come on, who doesn’t savor a story like that!?)
The Consequences of Hiding
Lying is a means to hide, to escape the truth. How many lies need to be lived before self-acceptance? What impact does lying have on the generations? How do our choices influence others, our loved ones, and over time? The film addresses these questions and does so quite poignantly. When Ichiko comes out to her father, he unburdens his own identity and what ensues is an analysis of his own life choices, the reasons for them. There isn’t judgment, rather an intimate father-daughter journey to understanding.
Love Your Life
Eri struggles with her family’s acceptance. Pressured to become a lawyer and to follow in the path of her father and brother, she nearly loses her self in her studies. When Ichiko confronts her, Eri must make a crucial decision. The result, a resonant message and one vital to the gay community: Live your life, love your life.
My Rating: 4 ½ stars. Did I mention the hot sex scenes and sassy soundtrack by the Noodles?