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  • Movie: Heavenly Forest
  • Romaji: Tada, kimi wo aishiteru
  • Japanese: ただ、君を愛してる
  • Director: Takehiko Shinjo
  • Writer: Takuji Ichikawa (novel), Kenji Bando
  • Producer: Toshiya Nomura
  • Cinematographer: Mitsuru Komiyama
  • Release Date: October 28, 2006 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 116 Min.
  • Genre: Romance
  • Studio: Toei
  • Distributor: Toei
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

"Heavenly Forest" is about a photographer named Makoto (Hiroshi Tamaki), who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru (Aoi Miyazaki). The two first met when Makoto attended his university entrance ceremony. Due to his inferiority complex, Makoto tends to shy away from other people but Shizuru managed to make him open up to her. Because of their friendship, Shizuru also ended up taking an interest in photography and the two often went to a forest to take pictures. Shizuru wants nothing else but to be by Makoto's side so when he started liking another girl called Miyuki (Meisa Kuroki), Shizuru decided that she too will like Miyuki and becomes her friend. One day, Makoto asked Shizuru what present she'd like to receive for her birthday. Shizuru, who wanted to enter a photography competition, had an idea to take a picture of the two of them kissing in a forest. Makoto agreed to do this and the two kissed for the very first time. Ever since that day, however, Shizuru disappears from Makoto's life.

Notes

  1. "Heavenly Forest" is based on Takuji Ichikawa's novel "Renai Shashin: Mo Hitotsu no Monogatari" which was written as a spin-off of Yukihiko Tsutsumi's 2003 film "Collage of Our Lives". Takuji Ichikawa also penned the best selling novel "Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu" which was adapted into the 2004 movie "Be with You" and the 2005 TBS drama "Be With You".
  2. Related titles:
    1. College of Our Lives | Renai shashin (2003)

Cast

HeavenlyForest-Aoi Miyazaki .jpg HeavenlyForest-Hiroshi Tamaki.jpg
Aoi Miyazaki Hiroshi Tamaki
Shizuru Satonaka Makoto Segawa
HeavenlyForest-Meisa Kuroki .jpg HeavenlyForest-Keisuke Koide.jpg HeavenlyForest-Misa Uehara.jpg HeavenlyForest-Munetaka Aoki.jpg HeavenlyForest-Asae Oonishi.jpg
Meisa Kuroki Keisuke Koide Misa Uehara Munetaka Aoki Asae Oonishi
Miyuki Toyama Kyohei Sekiguchi Saki Inoue Ryo Shirohama Yuka Yaguchi

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Inspired This movie...I've watched it twice already. And although sad movies aren't usually my forte, this one is one of my favorites, along with Be With You which was also based on a Takuji Ichikawa novel. This movie is so simple, so beautiful, you can't help but love it. It made me cry towards the end but it's definitely a must a watch!

akira43h love it... so simple and heartwarming

ran21 i really love this movie<33333333 it really make me cry* ;-; *

hokham m crying for the first time.....by watching movie.,....!! luv it so much ♥♥♥

Shaif shohag I fall in love with far east movies

Ambetski This movie drooled me over for 1 week..or much longer..the simplicity of the movie brings its uniqueness and makes it one of the best story..it also thought you how to value a person's worth...A for awesomeness!

Annejae "She used to lie very often. I want to be fooled by her lies for just a while longer."

My eyes automatically went teary after hearing this from makoto. :"> Nice story. ^^*

tomy the story is amazing but,why must have sad ending?It make me cry after T_T

Lala The cast is perfect!!! I cried so much and I didn't get to sleep because of it... Very memorable!! Everyone should watch it! It's a MUST WATCH film for all gender and all ages!

Roel Saavedra this is a very good film. though i cried at the last part. the story is good. and this is a MUST watch movie. when the time come i have a children, i will surely let them watch this movie (of course at proper age) :D

spanny I have watched this movie in japanese version as i dint have the english one. I dont know japanese but still i enjoyed it and brought tears to my eyes in the end. There is no need of a language to understand the love and innocence in their eyes.just loved it!!

Japanlover this movie make me cry...... must watch movie!!!!

Helena I've just finished watching this magical movie! Now I'm full of emotions, cryed so much. I couldn't even imagine that chain of events.. Beautiful , touching, deep and close to my world movie! It is more then worthy watching!

With respect

from Lviv(Ukraine)

H.

Miss InDgo ohayou gozaimasu...! Ogenki desu ka minna-san..?? why this story must sad ending...??? I wanna make it happier, so I made my own version in my notebook.. so upset...

viafan the moment when Shizuru open her glasses before kissing the guy, it's just wow....

quiet twisted ending, better not read the plot nor comments before watching it and just feel the movie flows..

Ghea's Lover Regret comes after everything happen. Tears drop after tragedy happen. Love come after SHE left.

If this movie happy ending that would be better. If Shizuru Satonaka's disease cured and they got married that will make everyone happy including the audience.

Porkie This was so BEAUTIFUL. ;u;

Now this is what you call true love~~ <3 ;u;

I really recommend it~:DD

Adel Abied Wow this movie was absolutley fantastic this is definitley as good or maybe slightly better than i give my frst love to you because heavinly forrest made me shed man tears haha. and no im not gonna compare this movie to koizora cause koizora was not gentle at all and moed it way too quicklydeinitley didnt catch the eye im sick of people overrating koizora.hahahah other than that everybody should watch heavinly forrest it is truly beautiful and moving one of the best!!!!

Neri just finished watching this movie online and this movies is so great~

Azh Lee Oh!my.. this movie makes me cried so hard.. i really really Love Toma, the lead actor.. the movie was great, everybody should watch it :) it's just, i felt sad bcoz Makoto realized that she loved Shizuro after she kissed her :'(

jevee rose pls ... watch this movie... heavenly forest.. im pretty xure you will love it

jevee rose just loving you( tada, kimi wo aishiteru) i love this movie

arjun thilak one of the best movie i ever watched. this movie inspired me a lot.thank you for giving this movie……. “it was the only kiss, the love i have ever known…” this bg brought tears in my eyes. i am speechless

Dasu One of my favourite films but does anyone know what Shizuru is eating on what is it called?

Uttam tada, kimi wo aishetiru...

enalpan College of Our Lives it's much better than Heavenly Forest...

noname wa sangat menyentuh.... kisah cintanya romantis sayangnya di akhirnya shizuru udah keburu meninggal dan makoto belum bisa ngeliat dia.... huhuhu... so sweet so sad so ramantic

mimi Let me just say one thing... the kiss scene in this movie was probably the prettiest, most touching one I've ever seen... instead of being cheesy it literally gave me goosebumps, that's how good it was.

And gosh, I didn't read the summary so I didn't even see the plot twist coming!! Which I'm actually happy about, 'cause it made the ending that much more moving.

DAIMALU the movie is just wow!!!!!!! though it was quite touching in the end part.... Aoi Miyazaki was awesome..:))

novadine ..yeah..!!!!!!!!!!!it was.,i love the story as well:)

novadine ..wow!!!..this could be one of my favorite movie,..!!!!!!!!:) i love it!

novadine wow..!!!!!!!!!!!!!.,i haven't seen this movie yet..but based on other testimony,..im so eager to watch this.!!!!!!!!!..:)

afdhal lose am i ifi cried when i wacth this film... i's so really wonderfull, if lokked in that picture in this film, i remember about a part of soul of this film,,, mhm.. i just wan't to look for that girl letter... in my mind or my life "shizuru satonaka "

anot123 i like this movie its beautiful....................

Lilly93 i've watched this movie 3 times and i cry everytime..... it is a really beautiful, touching and tearjerking movie <3 i love it =D full star pot !!

joie12 this movie is beautifull.... super!

othniel this movie is really amazing! i watch this movie many times and i've never got bored. 2 tumbs up for this movie.

RamenLover Cheryl, If you liked "Heavenly Forest" than check out "Rainbow Song" (better movie than Heavenly Forest in my opinion) and "Honey & Clover". cheers...

cheryl i had just watched the movie - and i loved it - the end was sad but i still loved the movie - had watched it 3 times in a row already!

can anybody recommend similar japanese movies? thanks!

Rose Marie Konichiwa everyone! =) Ow many tears have lost.But it's okay.Because the movie was great!,,,I realize then... So touching movie....Loveee it so much! :)

Lola Bear i loved this film it was excellent Miyazaki was beautiful i dont wanna watch it again cos its sooooooo saaad

comment a masterpiece and i really really love the movie and i will watch it over and over again. "it was the only kiss, the love i have ever known..." (while listening to its BG music.) it made me cried and sleepless. and i highly recommend this movie coz it's worth seeing.

michael nice film....fav movie ever..... the only film that makes me awake for about a week....

mikan i really love this movie. i cried a lot i'm recommending it to my friends

it's just a pity that makoto only realized that he love shizuro when he kissed her and after that she disappear.

then she died huhuhu

"if you love someone say what you mean. mean what you say because opportunity came in a blink of an eye and regret last for a lifetime"

my favorite lines are

"it is the desease when you fall in love" by shizuru "if you kiss me I will die happy" by makoto "i didn't told that I'm ill and I suddenly die I'm really sorry makoto" "farewell always arrive before the realization of our feelings"

i think this is better than the other version

Darius It is a very great movie,, Anybody should watch it,, it'll make everyone understand what a real LOVE is,, it is a great movie that i watch n i can't make up the plot in my mind,, n it make me speechless when i watched it.. Sure,, it's great..

Nalyah That was the first Asian movie that I saw and was not about marital arts. This movie inspired me to explore Asian cinema more and I am grateful for that. As for the movie itself, it is a masterpiece of everything: music, scenery, plot, actors. I laughed and cried, felt mad or frustrated. It is really worth seeing!

MovieCritic @Ki has it spot on.

Beautiful film, highly recommended.

Ki “…Love ..love …love” Excuse me for a moment. “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.” Now people in the back row sing with me “All you need is LOVE! …LOVE is all you need!” Whew - with that out of my system I can now turn my attention back to “Heavenly Forest.”

“Heavenly Forest” is a film adapted from Ichikawa Takuji’s novel “”Renai Shashin: Mo Hitotsu no Monogatari.”” The novel by Ichikawa Tauki was actually written as a spin-off to the 2003 film “Collage of Our Lives.” As with “College of Our Lives” you have two main characters in “Heavenly Forest” that loves photography, enters a photography contest and eventually winds up moving to New York City. Fortunately, “Heavenly Forest” is not anywhere as bad as the pretentious borefest known as “Collage Of Our Lives.”

The story in “Heavenly Forest” is a familiar one involving two outcasts : Shizuru (Aoi Miyazaki) and Makoto (Hiroshi Tamaki). Makato is a shy young teen, very self-conscious of smelling bad around others and thus hangs out by himself mostly. During the first day of orientation at his university Makoto meets Shizuru. Shizuru is a petite girl that looks far younger than her age and eats only candy sized donuts. She also has the appearance of Pippi Longstocking if she came from a Japanese manga. The two outsiders hit it off splendidly and quickly become friends. Makato shares his love of photography with Shizuro and the two spends their time taking pictures of the Heavenly Forest. Unfortunately, Shizuro is in love with Makoto, but Makoto has a crush on another girl named Miyuki.

With the help of Shizuro’s friendship, Makoto becomes more confident and eventually befriends Miyuki. The two spend more and more time together as Shizuro looks on as the third wheel. One day Shizuro asks Makoto to help her with a photo she is composing for a photo competition. She takes a photo of herself and Makoto kissing for the first time. After that day…Shizuro disappears.

A love story like this certainly has the potential to become a formulaic yawn fest, but fortunately “Heavenly Forest” is more of an entertaining smile-fest. The film is filled with eye candy and the pacing is refreshingly upbeat. The principle cinematographer in “Heavenly Forest” ss Shinjo Takehiko, a well known director of Japanese drama shows. Like those Japanese television dramas, “Heavenly Forest” has a vibrant modern look filled with sharp looking people everywhere. Aoi Miyazaki and Hiroshi Tamaki are compelling in their leading roles, even if they tended to exaggerate their facial expressions too much in their earlier years. Hiroshi Tamaki actually speaks in a higher pitched voice to seem younger than his age. Props goes out to Aoi Miyazaki for taking on a role that seems out of character for her. Even though she looks cute as a button with the glasses and frizzy hair, when the glasses came off the change is stunning.

The film concludes on a more sentimental note ready to pull on the heartstrings of the viewers. Although I didn’t enjoy these moments as much the rest of the film – it could have been a lot worse. Thankfully the scenes are refined enough that the cutesy melodrama elements doesn’t become overbearing. In a way the ending scenes recalled the spirit of one of my all time favorite films “Failan” but aims squarely for the hearts and minds of the teenage crowd. For me personally, the charm of “Heavenly Forest” is simply Aoi Miyazaki and when she appears so does the smiles. Overall, “Heavenly Forest” is an engaging film that seems especially well suited for teens & teens still at heart. “Love ..Love…Love…”


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