JMovie: Bokura Ga Ita (We Were There) Parts 1 and 2 – My Take

Bokura Ga Ita (We Were There) is a Japanese romance movie based on a manga with the same title. It tells the story of a couple who met and fell in love in high school, their personal journeys and the trials they have to face. It was shown in two parts and I watched both, one after the other.

In Part 1, it showed how the Nanami Takahashi (Yuriko Yoshitaka) and Motoharu Yano (Toma Ikuta) met and fell in love. Yano’s ex girlfriend died in a car accident, Nanami fell in love with him only to realize how strong the past has affected him. Eventually he had learned to let go and love her fully. Until Yano’s mother’s decision to move to Tokyo separated them. At the end of part 1, it was revealed that the time when Nanami sent him off at the train station was the last time she saw him.

In Part 2, it was revealed that they have continued their relationship and remained in touch for six months after Yano moved to Tokyo. A lot of things happened during that time which led to their separation. In Nanami’s own words, “his problems were even bigger than him.” Six years have passed before they met again and with all the circumstances, were they able to go back to each other?

When I watched this film, I was expecting another run-of-the-mill love story. It was actually, in more ways than one. What I did not expect was to meet two unforgettable characters who grew up as the movie progressed and how I wanted them to be with one another no matter what.

Nanami was the class president and at the beginning of the film was shown to be not so smart. But she works hard and tries to help anyone who seems to need it. She’s not perfect and though she loves Yano wholeheartedly, she did not depend on him nor did she become pushy. Even when they were apart, she continued to study hard and live normally.

Yano was the most popular boy in school. Wounded in so many ways – an ex he thought cheated on him, a mother who had her to spite his father’s wife – but it doesn’t show. People around him are drawn to him as Nanami described him. He was a noble idiot because he believed that Nanami was strong enough to handle things.

I wanted them to be together because I wanted them to be happy. Nanami deserves it, Yano too. They both spent much time for others and they are the reward for one another.

Some of my favorite scenes were:

They had a misunderstanding and Nanami and they made up.

Yano lying and telling Nanami that he found someone else. My chest is tightening and I want to slap Yano and shout “Baka!” in his face.

bgi 1They spent a day around Tokyo and said goodbye. Hand me more tissue please.

Kudos to the filmmakers and to the actors. Part of the love I have for this movie were Yuriko Yoshitaka’s and Toma Ikuta’s acting. In part 1, they made me smile and go aaww, teen romances are just so heart fluttering. In part 2, both of them are smiling and laughing with their friends but you can see the sadness and pain in the corner of their eyes and you just want to reach out and tell them that it’s going to be okay.

“We Were There” is a good one. Simple yet realistic story and easy to relate to. The cast was good and the characters are loveable. It made me believe once again in that one great love. Oh well, that was too grand. (But I sincerely believe that right now. =))


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