Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Movie Review~Paradise Kiss (Japanese)

Title: Paradise Kiss
Screenwriter: Kenji Bando
Based on: Paradise Kiss manga by Ai Yazawa
Director: Takehiko Shinjo
Producer: Shinzo Matsuhashi, Toshiya Nomura

Main Cast: Keiko Kitagawa as Yukari Hayasaka, Osamu Mukai as Jouji Koizuma, Yusuke Yamamoto as Hiroyuki Tokumori

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Release Date: June 4, 2011
Running Time: 116 minutes
Language: Japanese
Links: IMDb ~ Wikipedia ~ Movie Site

Synopsis: Yukari Hayasaka is a high school student who has become tired of her life of constant schooling. She then comes across a group of student fashion designers in need of a model for their "Paradise Kiss" clothing label. Yukari knows nothing about the fashion world and is taken back by the group's eccentric ways, but she soon comes to admire their free thinking ways and ability to pursue their dreams with a one track mind ...


Paradise Kiss Live Action Trailer English... by iheartsha

My Rating: 9.5/10

My Thoughts: I loved this movie! It was so cute and fun!

Picture Credit: exolimpo

Story: I've noticed that usually movies based on manga are pretty good in terms of story and characters. The stories seem complete and well thought out. It was the same with ParaKiss. It had a really good story. There was humor and funny situations but it also had serious themes about finding yourself as a person and standing up for yourself. It was about friendship and passion. It made me laugh and it made me cry but more than that it made me think about my life and if what I was doing was what I actually wanted to do. This movie is something I think everyone can relate too. It is inspirational.

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Characters: As I said is the case with most manga-based movies, the characters seemed real and complete. They were characters you could relate to. I especially felt very close to Yukari as we were very much alike. I loved how every character had a back story. The side characters were treated like real people not like they were there just for the sake of having them. I think this is something this movie did very right and I am glad it did justice to the minor characters. The major characters were really good too. I loved seeing Yukari grow and change. Jouji was someone with issues and I loved seeing him change as well. The actors did a very good job playing their respective characters!

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Romance: The romance was very sweet and believable. I love how it wasn't overly cute and childish. It was innocent but it was also serious which enabled me to take it seriously. I also love how it was progressed along with the friendships and Yukari's growth and that it wasn't the only main focus and everything else was thrown to the side.

Picture Credit: shoujospain

Overall: I loved this movie and would highly recommend it if you are in the mood of a rom-com or just want  to watch a movie with which you can relax. This movie has the perfect blend of different themes and is executed really well. 


  1. I've not read the manga but I have seen a few episodes of the anime. I had no idea that was adapted into a movie so thank you for your review cause I'm not definitely checking this out. I like that the romance wasn't too immature but it still maintained innocence and all the characters were treated as equal, and not just filler. Awesome review Hira, I'm definitely watching this! Love the outfits too!

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did! ^_^
      Oh yes, I forgot to mention the dresses in my review! The dresses were gorgeous! Almost made me want to go into the movie and wear them myself!

  2. i actually wanted to pick this up several times but i never did because the story sounded a bit too cheesy? but knowing it isn't and the characters and romance are great, i might watch it soon!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. I thought the same thing before watching the movie but it turned out to be pretty good! I hope you like it! :D


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