Singer-songwriter Hitoto Yo based the lyrics for the ballad Hanamizuki
on a series of e-mails she received from a friend after the September 11 terrorist attacks. About overcoming obstacles on the road to eternal love, the song became an award-winning hit that has consistently been one of the most requested songs in Japanese karaoke parlors nationwide since its release in 2004. In the tradition of music-derived pure romance films like Signs of Love
and Tears for You
, director Doi Nobuhiro (Be With You
) now brings another hit song's story to life with Hanamizuki
Written by longtime television scriptwriter Yoshida Noriko - who also adapted the song Nada Sou Sou into Tears For You - Hanamizuki is now a story about two young lovers torn apart by circumstances who continue to stay in love for over a decade. Actress-singer Aragaki Yui (Koizora) and Ikuta Toma (Ningen Shikkaku) have plenty of romantic chemistry as the film's central couple, while Mukai Osamu (Hotaru no Hikari 2), Yakushimaru Hiroko (The Always series), Matsushige Yutaka (Sukiyaki Western Django), and Arata (Air Doll) also provide strong supporting performances. With attractive stars and the equally attractive scenery of Hokkaido, Tokyo, and New York, Hanamizuki is the perfect film for the pure romance film fan in everyone.
Sae (Aragaki Yui) and Kohei (Ikuta Toma) first meet when the latter tries to help Sae get to her driving test. However, the ensuing accident during the effort causes Kohei to quit school and work for his fisherman father (Matsushige Yutaka), while Sae loses her chance to study in a prestigious Tokyo university. The two eventually fall in love, but are separated when Sae takes a second opportunity to go to Tokyo. Even though they are committed to a long-distance relationship, Sae's friendship with handsome photographer Junichi (Mukai Osamu) and Kohei's struggle to keep his father's business afloat threaten to drive them apart.
Blu-ray Edition comes with audio commentary and trailers.