31 March 2015

ストロボ・エッジ Strobe Edge

Title: ストロボ・エッジ Sutorobo Ejji (Strobe Edge)
English Title: Strobe Edge
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2015
  • 有村架純 Arimura Kasumi
  • 福士蒼汰 Fukushi Sota
  • 山田裕貴 Yamada Yuki
  • 佐藤ありさ Sato Arisa
  • 入江甚儀 Irie Jingi
  • 黒島結菜 Kuroshima Yuina
  • 忍成修吾 Oshinari Shugo
  • 風見梨佳 Kazami Rika

GReeeeN - 愛唄 Ai Uta (Love Song)
whiteeeen - 愛唄 Ai Uta (Love Song)
On her daily commute, high school student Kinoshita Ninako always sees her crush Ichinose Ren, who happens to be her schoolmate though they belong in different classes. When she finally had some sort of interaction with him before disembarking from the train, she runs after him to confess her feelings.

Ren rejected Ninako because he already has a girlfriend, Korenaga Mayuka who works as a model. Ninako said she already knows, but she is just happy to let Ren know that she likes him. Ninako told Ren that she hopes they will be friends despite her confession and his rejection.

Strobe Edge is an interesting movie about unrequited love. It is about wholeheartedly loving another person, even though he doesn't love you back the same way and even if there is no possibility that he would ever do so.

I like how most of the interactions between Kinoshita Ninako and Ichinose Ren happened on the train on their daily commute. Most people spend a lot of time getting from one place to another, and it's definitely more fun to also use that time seeing the person that you like and maybe even getting to know him.

Watching it reminded me how perspective is very important. Because the story is told from Ninako's point of view, you can't help but root for her to get together with her crush Ren. If you look at the situation from another angle though, Ninako is the third party and it seems wrong somehow to actually be on her side.

The movie is based on a manga with the same title, and it's fascinating how the author explained that Strobe Edge represents brief moments in time when one's point of view can change dramatically.

Strobe Edge is also about how unrequited love can sometimes be reciprocated by the object of one's affection. It happens sometimes, and I'm glad that in the movie, Ren and his girlfriend Korenaga Mayuka didn't strictly break up because of a third party.

I think everyone who has unrequited love want to be with the person they love, at the very least on an unconscious level. That's why it is sometimes difficult to cheer them on when the person they love is already happily involved with someone else.

Takumi Ando: Did you know? People are actually very greedy beings. If you really like a person, it's a given that you would do anything for that person...
Kinoshita Ninako: I will decide my own limit.

Speaking of one-sided love, when is it appropriate to give up anyway? Are you supposed to give up if he's already in a serious relationship with someone else when they could still break up? Are you supposed to stop loving him if he's already married to someone when they could still divorce?

ストロボ・エッジ Strobe Edge