Momose, Kocchi wo Muite (My Pretend Girlfriend)


first really like or hatsukoi, is a big subject in Japanese people teenager movies, as well as almost everywhere else in well-known lifestyle. It’s eye-catching because of its purity and cleanliness, as well as the almost unavoidable fleetingness of the connection — if indeed, it is one; someone is often far more besotted than the other.

The phrase “puppy really like,” which brings up pictures of younger mashes that temporarily blossom and inconsequentially reduce, is not quite comparative, since hatsukoi can keep an in-depth, lengthy lasting indicate.

That is certainly the situation with Noboru Aihara (Osamu Mukai), the idol of Saiji Yakumo’s “Momose, Kocchi wo Muite (My Imagine Girlfriend),” a 30-year-old writer who has came returning to his neighborhood to advertise his first novel.

Noboru operates into Tetsuko, a former classmate who is now the spouse of Miyazaki, one of Noboru’s child years buddies. As they discuss in a restaurant, with Tetsuko’s younger child in tow, the discussion changes to their secondary university times. In those days, Tetsuko and Miyazaki were a well-known several on top of the university pecking purchase, while Noboru was a public zero with one actual pal — the porky, and similarly girlfriendless, Tanabe.

One day Miyazaki phone calls Noboru into the university collection to create an uncommon request: Be the pretend associate of Momose (Akari Hayami), a lovely lady with retro-style bobbed locks (see images of Twenties celebrity Patricia Streams for reference).
Noboru had glimpsed Miyazaki and Momose having an loving discuss at the area’s place, and Miyazaki worries that rumors about this tryst will achieve the hearing of Tetsuko (Anna Ishibashi). Simultaneously, he does not want to end his affair with Momose, so he requests Noboru to provide as her “beard” – that is, bogus loving associate.

Noboru, who has lengthy seemed up to the mature, chilly Miyazaki, and seems he owes him big-time for “saving my life” (exactly how is remaining unexplained), hesitantly confirms. Momose, a bossy kind, instantly requires cost of this fake connection, getting Noboru’s side as they stroll out the university gateways to the interested look of class mates — and instantly losing it with outrage once they are on the road.

“Your arms are wet,” she gripes.

Despite this and other comedian minutes, “My Imagine Girlfriend” requires Noboru’s situation seriously, especially when it becomes apparent that he has emotions for his imperious tormentor. It’s not difficult to see why: He is investing much of his 100 % free time at university, day after day, in the organization of a hot lady who changes on the appeal when others are around and speaks to him seriously when they are not. Yes, she has little but disregard for everything — from his ungroomed locks to his lamentable flavor in outfits — but she also reveals up to him psychologically in methods she cannot with others, such as Miyazaki.

Though not exactly a buddy, he has certain advantages. Even so, he wants to end this uncomfortable farce earlier rather than later — and so does Momose. But she also cannot help realizing that Noboru is more sincere and reasonable than his so-called buddy, Miyazaki, whom she at the same time likes and dislikes.

Based on a novel by Eiichi Nakata, “My Imagine Girlfriend” may have a hard-to-swallow assumption (nerdy secondary university guys like Noboru are about as likely to fly as end up with a bogus sweetheart like Momose) but Noboru’s despairing really like for a lady who likes the incorrect guy is typical in any community, nation or millennium.

The movie, however, is uncommon in its concern for both its ostensible idol and the lady who causes him so much agony. Momose, performed by former pop idol musician Akari Hayami, in her first featuring part, is more than just willfully — and in the end, pathetically — holding on to a guy who is out of her league; she is able of sensation and looking after for others, starting with the associates of her family, run by her having difficulties individual mom.

She is also not scared to say what she believes or to go for what she wants. She has more in typical with the strong, permanently suitable Ms. Streams than just her hair design.


The film’s end is implied in its starting, but Momose however continues to be something of an enigma, just as so many first likes are, in memory: Freezing in a short time, permanently out of achieve.