Mahoro Ekimae Kyousoukyoku (2014) [movie review]


This is a quirky movie and a fine one at that. Highly recommended to all Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda fans.
Tada (Eita) owned a Benriya (jack-of-all-trades business) so he provided services to anyone who needs assistance. Be it trivial stuffs such as grocery shopping, visit someone on behalf of others in hospital or more major detective-ish job such trespassing and investigating a sham, you name it and he’ll do it. Gyoten was Tada’s classmate and he had been staying with him for the last two years. Things seemed to go smoothly for them until a call from Gyoten’s ex-wife came. She asked Tada’s help to babysit her daughter while she goes abroad to assist in a research .

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If it’s just to babysit a child, Tada shouldn’t have any problem but this wasn’t just any child. It was Gyoten’s daughter and the most complicating part was the fact that Gyoten’s ex-wife had asked for Gyoten’s sperm and conceived the daughter. She left him after that for a female partner. So basically, the child wasn’t born out of love but more like a contract between the two (I guess I understand why Gyoten held a silent grudge against her now lol).

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Hence, Tada was having difficulties trying to tell Gyoten the truth about accepting the job. Gyoten was not good with kids either. In the end, Tada lied to him that he was babysitting his own niece.

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I’m not gonna spoil the entire plot here so let’s talk about why this movie is great. I love the humor inserted every now and then, especially between Tada and Gyoten. They make such a perfect conbi. The chemistry is fantastic between the two actors. Some scenes just occurred out of nowhere and before you know it, you’d be bursting out with laughter already. While Tada is the more responsible guy and obviously, the leader of the two, Gyoten is the mischievous and sloppy partner.

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Gyoten’s lack of expression for the most part was anything but dull. Sure, he seemed pretty expressionless but the way he executed the body languages and spouting witty remarks to Tada was splendid. Tada being the mediator between Gyoten and his own daughter was pretty hilarious, it made me wonder who’s the real father at some point lol. There’s also air of tension arising with the presence of the kid that strained both of their relationship. Eita is such a versatile actor at times I wonder if there’s even any role he can’t do or hasn’t done yet.

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A brief cameo from Maki Yoko and Kengo Kora.

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As for the plot, the side story of HHFA, a hidden cult under the guise of anti-pesticide farming group seemed redundant together with the involvement of yakuza. Initially, I didn’t care about them. Nevertheless, when they all come together at the end of the climax, the turn of events were kind of abrupt but also amusing.

Score: 8/10

 

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