Monday, August 06, 2012

Jmovie review: Boys on the Run

After going mad for Minami Akina in the dorama version of Boys on the Run, I decided to check out the movie which came out in 2010. The dorama basically follows the movie with the exception of the boxer girl story which always felt like it did not belong in the dorama. The difference between the movie and dorama version is similar to Densha Otoko; the movie is grittier, more raw and a lot less overacting.

The first hour is basically the first 3 episodes of the dorama. The problem is the 2nd half of the movie where its basically our main character Tanishi doing some boxing training, getting a mohawk, challenging Aoyama to a fight, getting his ass kicked and finally rejecting the girl.

My impression is that its suppose to be a dark comedy similar to what 101 Proposals was suppose to be before they changed the ending but the main character Tanishi isn't very interesting. He is an underdog but he feels more like an idiot rather than an idiot in love. I get what they're trying to do.

Its kind of a reverse romantic comedy. Tanishi and Chiharu like each other in the beginning but they both keep stuffing things up and it doesn't work out in the end. Somehow the journey just feels so empty.  Its not bad but I wasn't really interested from the boxing training part onward and judging from the movie, the dorama is probably going to be even worse.


evan said...

Boys on the Run is based on a manga with 10 volumes.The movie covers about 5-6 volumes. Judging from the drama's pace, I think the drama will cover the whole volume.

Akiramike said...

Is the boxer chick in the manga? If the movie covers only half of it, no wonder it has a what is the purpose of the story feel to the ending.

evan said...

Yeah the boxer chick is in the manga.

Akiramike said...

Then there's hope for the dorama I guess.