For Love's Sake
Ai to makoto
Japan, 2012, 133 minutes, SD
For Love's Sake Synopsis

Takashi Miike, the director of '13 Assassins', 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai' and 'Audition' brings us a Bollywood-style technicolour musical action/comedy/love story!


Not exactly a director that plays along with genre rules, the prolific Miike Takashi now takes his talent in genre bending to the pure romance world with For Love's Sake (a.k.a. Ai to Makoto), based on Kajiwara Ikki's 1973 manga series.


An epic story of a rich high school girl who falls in love with a tough young gangster, Miike's take on the story breaks all the rules with musical numbers (with music by popular music producer Kobayashi Takeshi), tongue-in-cheek humor, and in-your-face violence. Starring Tsumabuki Satoshi (Villain) and Takei Emi (Rurouni Kenshin) as the star-crossed lovers, For Love's Sake is a unique and incredibly wild ride that will change your definition of what a pure romance can be.


1972, Tokyo. Ai (Takei Emi) is a naïve rich girl who meets young street punk Makoto (Tsumabuki Satoshi) in the seedy Kabuki-cho district. Ai immediately remembers Makoto as the boy who saved her 11 years ago and falls head over heels in love with him. Using her parents' connection, Ai manages to get Makoto transferred into her fancy private school. However, Makoto gets into a fight with the school's teachers and gets kicked out of the academy.


Completely devoted to the love of her life, Ai gives up her life of privilege and follows Makoto to a high school filled with delinquents, only to be challenged by new rivals for Makoto's affections. Will Ai's beautiful, angelic love save Makoto, or will she be swallowed by his dark world of crime?




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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
Bizarre comedy film yet splashes of violence!  I think this is what makes films of Takashi Miike a stand-out, they're rough, violent yet you can't stop watching them because there's... more
Bizarre comedy film yet splashes of violence!  I think this is what makes films of Takashi Miike a stand-out, they're rough, violent yet you can't stop watching them because there's a queer sense of fascination that's irresistible.  I relish the musical numbers and what sticks to my memory was the one where Ai's parents dance and sing. These actors not only act well but are also professional dancers. A story of love and how  one's unrelenting faith in someone can bring positive change. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Dark humor exemplified in the truest sense, this film entertains but at some point can also bore viewers. Lead performances are commendable with Satoshi Tsumabuki as foul-mannered Makoto putting in... more
Dark humor exemplified in the truest sense, this film entertains but at some point can also bore viewers. Lead performances are commendable with Satoshi Tsumabuki as foul-mannered Makoto putting in a convincing performance, although it was the exceptional portrayal of Sakura Ando as Gum-ko that earned nods at Japanese film fests. This movie has all the trappings of a Miike masterpiece; in your face violence, bloodshed, animation and theatrical treatment especially in the song-and-dance scenes. Sharp and vivid shots attract the eyes and the fight scene between Makoto and some guys manifests superior production design and lighting techniques. Curious how Japanese musicals are made of? Then check out this film soon.  
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  • looks like a fun movie worth watching for!

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