I’ve never seen the anime or read the manga! (I’m only a drama type of girl!) but this cropped up in my watch list. I seem to be in a Japanese movie phase.
What’s the story about?
The jist of the movie is school girl meets fashion designer and wacky friends! She becomes a model…..
My thoughts on Paradise Kiss
Going in completely blind, I thought the beginning of the Paradise Kiss was great. It really sucks you in! It made me feel quite nostalgic about my trip to Tokyo a couple of years ago! This movie had a lot of potential. It had really a perfect pot of elements to give you some movie magic but it fell flat somewhere along the way!
I wanted to feel a bit more connected to the characters but I just could not get there. I really think Paradise Kiss would have made a better drama. Something that will provide a background story to everyone.
For instance the characters, George and Yukari – their relationship didn’t really have that much build up. I could not understand why they fell in love. They didn’t even talk about anything and frankly George seemed rather arrogant. All I remember of him is that he freaked Yukari out a lot, showed her his special dresses and lots of hard staring. Maybe they were communicating telepathically. I don’t know!!!
So relationship fail but then again maybe all this negativity is because I also was rooting more for Yamamoto Yusuke’s character. I guess once I started doing that – this movie was gonna fail.
I love Mukai Osamu but he doesn’t seem to fit the role. I can’t say what I’m basing this on. Also he looks weird in hats – more like a pimp than a fashion designer.
Another plotline that could given more depth to this movie is if they had developed the story of Yukari’s mother into the storyline! I think I would have been totally bawling my eyes out if her mum had appeared in the crowd.
ALSO what about Yukari’s struggle or stories about being a model? To me that would have been INTERESTING! I don’t think there was a lot of focus in the movie about her job as a model! It was just kind of all over the place.
Having said all that – it was good and watchable! It just disappoints me that it could have been better!
Though I must give gold stars to Paradise Kiss for the kiss scene. It was actually of the non frozen kind that I’m so used to when watching Japanese and Korean dramas!
You can check out the Paradise Kiss imdb page here.