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Film Review: Color Me True 星光奇遇結良緣 (2018) - Japan

Andrew Chan Color Me True

Color Me True 星光奇遇結良緣 (2018) - Japan


Aka: Tonight, At the Movies / 今夜、ロマンス劇場で


Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)



A romantic love letter to classical cinema is the best way to describe the beautifully filmed “Color Me True”, helmed by director Hideki Takeuchi. What is so beautiful about this film is the manner it pays homage and respect to former cinematic glories and how in the Netflix era, it makes us wonder how long will cinema survive continue to live another day. Make no mistake, this is a lovely romantic story that is likely to connect to the coldest of hearts as we witness the kind of love that stands the test of time, like our shared love for cinema. 


Haruka Ayase portrays the black and white on-screen goddess to precise perfection. It is interesting to see her escape from the screen to reality and how she interacts with Kentaro Sakaguchi. What is so sweet and engrossing about Ayase’s performance is one that throwback to a golden era of classic cinema, the elegant beauty, the innocence of the art and simplicity of relationships being portrayed. As audience we can easily relate and play along with the duo situation and a love that we want to uphold. 


All in all, “Color Me True” is a homage to our shared love of classic cinema, it shows that sometimes those people that may not have a lot of colour on surface can live out a life full of colours and love. I especially enjoyed how directed Takeuchi handles emotionally touching scenes with such simplicity and the finale finishes off in genre dramatic style. This is probably one of those “feel good” romantic comedy that reminds us of the magic of cinema and it fills that void in our hearts in the most light hearted fashion. 


I rated it 8/10



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