Sometani Shota: Top 10 Project: #10 Love Sickness

Remember those awkward years of puberty, or indeed more so those last days of puberty. That time in life where you discover your identity, who you are, and  figure out whats your sexuality, be you heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, asexual and so forth. Puberty generally is the period where your sexuality awakens and by the end of the phase you’re meant to have all the answers. But life isn’t like that in reality. Love Sickness, also known as End of Puberty (2012) is a movie that demonstrates that nothing is necessarily set in stone, that sexuality can be fluid and certainly not something so black and white.

Derived from the Latin puberatum (age of maturity), the word puberty describes the physical changes to sexual maturation. Notable among the morphologic changes in size, shape, composition, and functioning of the pubertal body, is the development of secondary sex characteristics, the “filling in” of the child’s body; from girl to woman, from boy to man.

The Storyline

Meet Tsubura, a school girl on the edge of puberty infatuated with her biology teach Madoka. Fearful of being forgotten after her death, Tsubara thinks to herself “combining Mr. Madoka who has no one with me who needs someone would surely be perfect,” gets the wild idea of a genital exchange with Madoka. And when the two unashamedly have sex at school such a supernatural occurrence happens – student and teacher, female and male swap genitalia. Afterwards the couple elope to the countryside, where En (Tsubura’s best friend) and her ‘boyfriend’ Murashima (played by Sometani Shota) soon join the two. However as time passes En starts to have feelings for Tsubura, and more than one secret is finally revealed.

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Sometani’s role….

Sometani plays Marushima the ‘boyfriend’ and childhood friend of En who wants to take it to the next level. Basically he’s a horny teenage boy with needs and a hot girlfriend. With most of his decisions made not with his head, but his penis. En, on the other hand is going through an identity crisis and although she offers herself to Marushima near the end, well….life is full of surprises.

Now this role isn’t difficult for Sometani; he gets naked twice, groped by an older man once, and sniffs panties while laughing like a maniac. Although he is the reason behind how the secret is revealed, and his reaction in the aftermath is priceless. But if you’re looking for an interesting film, not too heavy-handed on themes, and light on Yuri then Love Sickness is a good watch. Both actresses are also featured in my Japanese Top Actress list.

Opinion

To be written……

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The countdown continues….

#9 Tokyo Koen 
#10 Love Sickness 
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