On Rae’s recommendation, I decided to give this live action a try and… It wasn’t that bad. I know it’s rather weird for me to be getting all squeamish about BL now, but live action is different from manga, anime and drama cds. It’s LIVE action and during the movie, there were moments when I thought I was watching porn and was hoping that they’ll not show us the sex scenes. No, they didn’t, but I’ll need some time to get used to watching two real boys tumbling around on the bed with each other.
Doushitemo Furetakunai is based on a manga by Yoneda Kou, and was released on 31 May 2014. It’s about a gay man, Toshiaki Shima’s struggles to overcome his fear of not being loved by a straight man. You can read more about the story here, where I wrote a review on the drama. It’s a lengthy story which was well adapted into this movie, imo. Although certain cute parts were omitted, giving the movie a rather depressive atmosphere, I guess that was their intention?
Let’s just start off with what I didn’t like about the movie. Sometimes, it felt as though time was on a standstill, especially when things were moving so slowly in the scenes. The never-changing camera angle didn’t help as well and I started eating cake halfway through the movie because I was too bored. I can’t really place my finger on what made it so quiet, boring and non-happening, it might be the camera angles, the silence which is always present, the slight awkwardness of the actors, or just the directing in general. Why can’t we have more music and more close-ups on the actors’ faces? Looking at them from afar makes it harder for us to see what’s really going on on their faces and it makes them appear to be just standing there and stoning sometimes. I’m not too sure about the music, but more often than not I found myself feeling rather awkward and bored with the silence.
On the other hand, I thought they did really well to adapt the long story into a 1.5hr movie. Sure, some parts had to be cut out, and specifically a few dialogues which I really enjoyed.
1. After the first time they did it, they talked about Togawa’s past and Shima decided to leave abruptly after Togawa started talking about kids and family, saying that he feels “sluggish because someone won’t leave him alone”. Togawa replied “who’s that pervert? Bring him here right now!” which I thought was really funny, before telling Shima it’s because he’s cute. Shima murmured “I really don’t like you” because I’m guessing Togawa’s words are making Shima fall for him and Shima didn’t like that. But when Togawa asked Shima about what he just said, Shima replied “I said that Togawa-san too, you’re really cool”. I loved that whole exchange!
2. After Shima told Onoda that he thinks Togawa-san will get sick of him eventually, and Onoda told Togawa about that, Togawa went over to Shima’s house to give him some TLC and after that, he told Shima “if you don’t hop into the bath right now, I might just do you ten times more”, to which Shima replied “I don’t think that’s possible at your age” while running off into the bath. Wasn’t that so cute?
3. Although some people might not have even noticed the previous scenes in the manga/drama cd, I’m sure we all noticed that this was missing. On the train back home, Shima suddenly got a call from his ex-boyfriend and he was about to ignore the call but Togawa picked it up and said a bunch of childish stuff until said ex-boyfriend hung up. Although Shima tried to hide it, he was really happy about what Togawa did and couldn’t hide his smile. Where where where is it in the movie?
Wait, I started out on this point with the intentions of saying that the movie did a good job with the adaptation, but it doesn’t sound like I’m happy at all. Oops.
It’s really hard for me to just watch and appreciate this movie as a new thing by itself, because I’ve finished both the manga and drama cd just recently.
I was rather skeptical about Yonehara Kousuke‘s acting at first, because it came across as super awkward and weird. But on second thought, isn’t Shima supposed to be that awkward and anti-social? In that case, does that mean that Yonehara did a great job at being Shima? I got really impressed with him during the scene where he suffered a breakdown after seeing how emotional his acting was.
Taniguchi Masashi was rather aptly casted as Togawa-san based on his looks and I felt that he did the role quite well too. I liked the way he talked and smiled as it was exactly how I imagined Togawa-san would.
Whenever he appeared, I thought that Tomita Sho did a better job at acting than the two main leads did. Perhaps he was more expressive, or his role was easier to act.
In general, their acting felt a little awkward at times and it felt like they were just standing there and waiting for the camera to stop filming. I’ll blame it on the director.
I pulled these photos off twitter and I must say that Yonehara looks so much better smiling than pouting as Shima. So that was my first BL live action movie experience and… it might be some time before I decide to watch another one because… I’m still a little squeamish about the real life H between two men. While I feel really weird seeing them get it on, at the same time I kind of wished that their kisses and everything which follows after are more realistic. I’m such a contradiction.
If you’re interested, you can download this at Just BL Things!