Revenge Girl (2017) - Japan
Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)
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Popular Japanese actress Mirei Kiritani headlines this typical cliche romantic comedy disguised as a political election subplot. There is nothing special about this film, as it ticks all the boxes for a typical Japanese romantic comedy. Whilst staying well within the genre conventions, the film contains engaging characters that allow the story to breeze by its running time. Director Kôichirô Miki stays true to its source material and stays largely within cliches after cliches.
Evergreen actress Mirei Kiritani plays the title role as the revenge former girlfriend of a high powered political family played arrogantly by Shô Kasamatsu. Kiritani shows transformation in her character as she grows from a romantic love induced princess into a potential political candidate and suitable love interest. Ably supported by Nobuyuki Suzuki who stars as the love interest and political advisor. Suzuki lacks overall charm and charisma, but more than compensate with some decent chemistry.
The film as a whole is wholly average and is likely difficult to find an audience further than Kiritani’s fans. It’s more of the same and it’s harmless, but at the same time, it’s unlikely to create any new fans to the already crowded and cliche genre.
I rated it 5/10