Rough (Japanese) – Movie Review

Hey guys! It’s been a month since I last posted a movie review here. I’m really sorry. Hope you can forgive me. So I watched Rough (Japanese movie) recently and I’m going to give you my review. The movie is based on the 1980s manga by Mitsuru Adachi and adapted to the big screen by NANA director, Kentaro Otani.

Rough may sound like an odd name for a film focusing on the budding romance between a swimmer and a high diver, but this seemingly peculiar title choice does come to make more sense as the story unfolds, most significantly when a supporting character announces, “All great art begins with a rough sketch.” Although this metaphor is meant to describe the various athletes staying together at a coed dormitory for the summer, it comes to have greater meaning for the film’s two lead characters, swimmer Keisuke Yamato (Hayami Mokomichi) and high diver, Ami Ninomiya (Masami Nagasawa). The lanky, handsome, but comically awkward Yamato has great talent, but it still a bit rough around the edges when it comes to actual technique or effort. Ami’s “roughness” is a bit harder to define, as it is much more internal – something that cannot be solved by cutting to a rousing training montage. (Calvin McMillin)

Rough showcases a coming of age romance that begins strongly enough; the film is full of visual gags, captioned freeze frames, and inventive usage of flashbacks. Having a shaky start like Ami calling Yamato a murderer, Yamato as well as the viewers were taken aback by how straightforward Ami was. As it turns out, the two have a history (one that I won’t spoil here) that accounts for Ami’s seeming hatred for Yamato. I’m kind of puzzled why the title of the movie is Rough when in fact they could’ve used another title for the film. But after hearing a supporting character say “All great art begins with a rough sketch.” That’s when I realized that the creator of the manga might have a reason as to why he chose Rough as the title for his work.

Two characters who seem to get the short exposure are Hiroki Nakanishi (Tsuyoshi Abe) and Kaori Koyonagi (Yui Ichikawa).I think the performances of the actors as well as the film’s strong first half make it worth recommending. Also, there’s a nice little revelation that occurs in the film’s second half that might enhance one’s enjoyment of Rough’s already amusing first half. I admit that I hope they could’ve thought of a better ending for the movie but I think it’s up to us to interpret it. I’ll give this movie a rating of 7 out of 10.



What Would You Do?

For the Boys,


What would you do when a girl confessed to you that she likes you?

Would you be taken aback?

Would you run away?

Would you tell her that you like her too even if you really don’t feel the same way?

Or would you be that person to sincerely tell her that you feel the same way too?

It’s something to think about.


For the Girls,


What would you do when a boy confessed to you that he likes you?

Would you be confused about what that LIKE really means?

Would you feel awkward and stop having conversations with him?

Or are you the type of girl to just laugh it off as if you heard it as a joke?

Or would you be the person to tell him let’s give it a try?

It’s something to ponder about, huh?



What am I saying?

It’s like I’m traipsing.


Just random thoughts on my mind.

Nothing hurts right?



Relationship Cycle: It’s Complicated

Strangers –> Friends –> mutual understanding –> in a relationship –> break up –> Bitter –> Strangers.

This is the typical cycle that people in relationships follow. But what if you skip one stage like skipping out being in a relationship? From mutual understanding, your relationship became complicated and you became bitter with each other and now you’re back to square one. There are really things in life that seems complicated but it’s not if you look closely at it. Sometimes things like this really happen. Especially if one doesn’t have the courage to admit his/her feelings toward the other person.

To make this simple I will use letter A to represent the girl and the letter B to represent the guy. The problem starts when one person becomes sweet with the other without the intention of giving false hopes to that person. Let’s say that B is the one who is all being too sweet to A. A interprets the gestures that B is giving her as signals that he likes her. A starts to assume that B likes her and she starts to develop feelings for him but the truth is B doesn’t really feel anything for her.

I notice that this is what happens to girls and guys everywhere. The lack of courage to say what he/she feels is what complicates things. So I think having that courage to confess to that person that you like him/her is very important so that you will be able to avoid destroying the present relationship that you have with that person. If you don’t have any feelings for that person, you should make things clear from the very beginning to avoid misunderstandings.

To avoid being bitter and end up with being strangers again, be sincere, honest and frank. I know it’s difficult to say to that other person that you don’t have any feelings for them but it’s better than to keep that person hanging from a cliff.