Don’t Laugh at my Romance

An older and more experienced art teacher decides to teach her student a lesson in love.

(AKA: Sex is no Laughing Matter)

AsianMedia | LoveHKFilm

Starring: Matsuyama Kenichi, Nagasaku Hiromi, Aoi Yu, Oshinari Shugo

Following the theme of the last movie, I decided to delve into another May-December romance. You may know Matsuyama as the guy that played L in the Death Note movie(s), but I could only think of how much he looks like Kyuhyun! I also remembered that I have a chronic illness: supporting male-itis. There’s always some non-main character guy floating around that I crush on big time. Shugo was that guy this time around.

Mirume (Matsuyama) is a 19-year-old college kid living with his grandfather. His drab life is suddenly injected with mirth when he and his friends En-chan (Yu) and Domoto (Oshinari) give a ride to a rather unorthodox woman who missed her train home. It turns out that she’s Yuri (Nagasaku), the eccentric and playful – almost 40 – lithography professor at their school! She invites him to her studio and proceeds to seduce the still innocent boy. However, Mirume eventually discovers that Yuri is married…to a much older man! To make things more complicated, love triangles

This movie is as quirky as its lead female. At first, though I like that she was the aggressor, I was frustrated that Mirume didn’t seem to be reciprocating. However, there were obvious changes in his personality later on. He was happier, and eventually seems to gain more confidence. I was happy when they found equal footing and both were able to give and receive. 

Yuri is unpredictable and bubbly, while Mirume is rather set in his ways and a bit melancholic. I liked the contrast of their personalities. Mirume also became different when he was with Yuri. He smiled and laughed, and became more childish. Away from her, he returned to being silent and moody. He deals with his emotions by shutting himself away, while Yuri uses her art to express herself. When she says things, they’re often taken as jokes due to their left-field nature, despite most of these things being sincere. 

I also saw similiarities with En and Yuri. Both are attached to Mirume, but only Yuri had the courage to do something about it. By the time En gets the courage, it’s too late and his every thought is already consumed with Yuri. Domoto is opposite to Mirume in that he is a nice, laid-back guy. He, too, is hesitant at first, but then gets the courage to act upon his feelings.

Nobody ends up “together” per se. It’s sort of open, but leaning towards a positive end. It closes with: Just because you can’t see someone, doesn’t mean it’s over.  

Few would probably put this at the top of their list of favorites, but overall an interesting movie. It’s slow and deliberate with a bit of the “What the hell?” factor thrown in there. I liked it more for that subject matter it explored.

Rating: 2.5/5

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