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[Review] Revenge girl リベンジgirl

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A funny Japanese comedy starring the beautiful Mirei Kiritani and Nobuyuki Suzuki on the intertwining of love and politics, how to take revenge on the ex who badly dumped you, and the strength of a girl. Released in December 2017 and directed by Koichiro Miki, this comedy is based on the novel "Revenge Girl" by Erika Yoshida and Tomohide Kiyoshi (first published in autumn 2017 by Kadokawa).


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 The plot is simple, classic among Japanese comedies, but no less interesting or enjoyable. Miki Takaraishi is a beautiful college girl, she's classy, she's smart, but what he doesn't lack most of all is a strong ego. Indeed the opening scene of her shows us on stage as she is awarded as the winner of miss campus. After the verdict of her victory, she begins to talk about how it was obvious that she was the winner, given that it was her, and turning to the other 3 finalists, to research the reasons for their defeat by "looking in the mirror". This makes us understand who Miki Takaraishi is.


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While walking on the catwalk, she falls and is "saved" by one of the other students, a very charming boy with whom she falls in love and starts dating. Days go by and nothing affects the very high opinion Miki has of herself, but things start to change when she discovers (I won't spoil how) that in the end she is one of the many that the boy has started to frequent.

She's in a rage and needs to know why she's going to face him (she's still not convinced she's been duped). She discovers that she has really been duped, and that the handsome boy she cared about so much is the son of an important politician and that he will stand in the next elections.

She kicked out in a bad way she will meet Toshiya Kadowaki (Nobuyuki Suzuki) who will address her as "what an annoying woman". She points to the quick Miki turns against Toshiya telling him that she doesn't let anyone fool her and that she will have her revenge against the man who humiliated her. But the boy will repeat several times that he will never succeed, because the only way to beat him is to become prime minister. And here you begin to understand what stuff the protagonist is, in fact regardless of the difficulty of the thing, with a proud and impertinent look she replies "I will".


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With his boldness and full of himself, he bursts into the opening of that year's class of a "political school" run by an important and well-known figure in the Japanese political environment. Sensei (a term that is also used to indicate politicians in Japan) struck by the girl's cheek decides to accept her and have her followed by that very boy who had addressed her as an "annoying woman".

Thus began Miki Takaraishi's journey in the political world, with his impetuous manner, his ego that is difficult to contain, but also with so much sadness and problems. And yes, because she will collide with the "rules" of politics, she will begin to understand that everything is allowed and will find herself heavily cornered a couple of times.


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I won't go further into the story, because the last stages are the most important in the film and I don't want to spoil, but it's a film that I recommend you see. Mind you, we are not talking about a masterpiece, but a funny comedy that will make you spend your day or Sunday in a pleasant way.




Cinema, Revenge girl, Mauro Piacentini

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