TAIYOU NO UTA 2006.6.17

“Taiyou no Uta” is a movie starring YUI and Tsukamoto Takashi. YUI plays as Amane Kaoru, a 16-years-old girl with XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum), a disease that prevents her from being exposed to the sun. In the movie, she is an amateur singer who has a crush on a guy (Takashi plays as Koji) she doesn’t even know. The movie follows her day-to-day life in a small seaside town in Japan and her efforts to meet him and to get to know him better.
The plot is like an old school japan, where the place is nice and the structures of stores, shops, markets and other places look old. You can also count the vehicles here.

She also plays the guitar in this movie. In fact, she is always seen in the movie with her favorite Fender guitar. Her life is simple but fun and full of surprises, but she gets lonely too. Sometimes she’s just contemplating things while sitting on a couch and looking outside her window. It’s not clearly shown if she is an upper or middle class girl, but her parents own a restaurant where her dad cooks and her mom is the waitress. The food seems to be good and the ambiance of the place is too.

Also, Yui has a crush that she doesn’t even know. She really wants to meet the guy badly. What’s really nice about this movie is that Yui played some of her songs from the old album and other songs from her new album (Good-bye Days, Skyline). At night she plays her guitar in different places then she sleeps all day perhaps because of her sickness. She died in the movie because of this, but before she died, she was able to meet the guy, and they fell in love with each other.

“Taiyou no Uta” is being described by the Japanese media as the final chapter what is being dubbed, the “Pure Love Trilogy”. The first chapter was Isao Yukisada’s “Sekai no chuushin de, ai wo sakebu” (2004), the second chapter was Nobuhiro Doi’s “Ima, ai ni yukimasu” (2004), and the third and last chapter will be Norihiro Koizumi’s “Taiyou no Uta” (2006).

Even though all three films are being compiled together as a “trilogy”, none of the films are connected in anyway (in regards to story, actors, directors, producers, or production company). The only apparent bond connecting all films together is in regards to the presence of telling a story about the innocence and beauty of pure love.