Romance, Slice of Life

Just Only Love


Directed by: Rikiya Imaizumi
2018 / 123 minutes / Unclassified all ages


The trials and tribulations of being young and hopelessly in love

Based on the novel by Mitsuo Kakuta, Just Only Love is a reflection on the current relationship status for many young disaffected Japanese discovering what love is: complicated. For Teruko Yamada, a 20-something office worker, finding a potential partner has been easy, but getting them to reciprocate is proving a challenge. While it seems that everyone around her is happily in love, Teruko is stuck in a one sided love with the aloof, shaggy haired and unremarkable magazine designer Mamoru Tanaka.

Meanwhile, Mamoru gets a taste of his own one-sided romance from the older and wiser Sumire (Noriko Eguchi) who tells it like it is. Teruko’s unwavering love for Mamoru shows unquestioning commitment and is perhaps a little concerning. But as the saying goes, ‘the fruits of your labour will be rewarded’ and eventually Teruko and Mamoru form an ambiguous maybe-relationship. With her work and personal life spiralling out of control,Teruko continues to fall further into the depths of love with almost nothing left to lose.

Director Rikiya Imaizumi challenges the viewer’s idea of love with this stark, revealing film about the human condition with all its flaws and charms.

Friday 15th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Sunday 17th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Friday 22nd November

Treasury Theatre, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Rikiya Imaizumi

Original Story: Mitsuyo Kakuta

Screenplay: Kaori Sawai and Rikiya Imaizumi

Producer: Koichiro Fukushima, Kwang-gi Song, Minori Maehara, Hiroshi Niimura and Ryo Murata

Cast: Yukino Kishii, Ryo Narita and Noriko Eguchi

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life

Format: DCP colour