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Love Strikes! ("Moteki")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2011
  • 118 mins
  • Video
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

“Not a single dull moment... enjoyable and delectable... highly entertaining” — Tho Shu Ling, MOVIEXCLUSIVE

“For people in their twenties, love is an illusion, in their thirties, love is a fling.” Fujimoto Yukiyo is 31 years old, has 34,211 tweets to his name, three followers, and a tendency to express himself through musical outbursts. He’s also a ‘second virgin’ – someone who’s only had sex once before. The world of Twitter and a new job at an entertainment news website throws Yukiyo into a world of possibilities and girls eager to show him affection – but will he find the connection he truly craves?

LOVE STRIKES! is the feature film incarnation of the popular live-action Japanese TV series MOTEKI, which itself is based on the best-selling manga series of the same name by Mitsuro Kubo. Actor Mirai Moriyama, previously seen at Fantasia in Yoshihiro Nakamura’s FISH STORY (2010), reprises his TV role to play the eternally confused Yukiyo. Through a series of infectious power pop musical interludes, Yukiyo learns to embrace his own personal period of ‘moteki’ — the moment in time when someone’s sex appeal suddenly hits an all-time high. With a kinetic hyperrealism that readily recalls both the aesthetic and sensitive leading man of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, LOVE STRIKES! is a musical romantic comedy that deftly captures the Japanese zeitgeist and provides poignant insights into modern day romance.

It’s rare to find a romantic comedy that not only takes on the male point of view, but also maintains a balanced perspective from both sides of the gender divide. LOVE STRIKES! is the latest proof that we’re experiencing a renaissance in stylishly smart Asian romantic comedies (see last year’s DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART, by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai). Yukiyo makes many mistakes as he navigates the treacherous waters of new love in his thirties, and encounters a series of nuanced female counterparts that include dream girl Miyuki (Masami Nagasawa), karaoke partner Rumiko (Kumiko Asô), and sexy barmaid Ai (Riisa Naka, also appearing this year in MITSUKO DELIVERS). With a little help from Japanese girl group Perfume and his interfering co-workers, Yukiyo begins to find his way. In the end, all you have to do is take charge of your own destiny, believe in the possibility of true love, and have a wicked set of karaoke skills.

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Based on the manga “Moteki” by Mitsurou Kubo originally serialized in the bi-weekly EVENING magazine published by KODANSHA LTD.
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— Lindsay Peters