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Based on Yamazaki Nao-cola's same-titled novel, Don't Laugh At My Romance (a.k.a. Sex is No Laughing Matter) is a whimsical tale of confused love and sexual awakening starring popular young actor Matsuyama Kenichi (L change the WorLd) as a college student who develops a relationship with an older woman. Media attention inevitably fell on the love scenes between Matsuyama and co-star Nagasaku Hiromi (Funuke, Show Some Love You Losers!) who forge an awkwardly endearing and believable onscreen chemistry. Nagasaku Hiromi gives a delightfully effervescent performance opposite Matsuyama Kenichi's subdued quirkiness, while Aoi Yu is wonderful as always in an eye-catching supporting role. Director Iguchi Nami (INU-NEKO) approaches the story with a leisurely pace and still camera, using static distant shots to paint an interesting visual environment for the film's offbeat humor, winking details, and charming characters. Sex may be no laughing matter, but it sure brings plenty of smiles in this gentle, quirky, and candid relationship drama.

Low-key 19-year-old art school student Mirume (Matsuyama Kenichi) gives a lift to a woman (Nagasaku Hiromi) walking barefoot on a country road one day. What seems like a random encounter turns fateful when Mirume runs across the woman again on campus. It turns out she's the new lithography professor, Yuri. Mirume is immediately drawn to her bubbly personality, and Yuri, 20 years his senior, returns the attention by inviting him to her studio and seducing him with laughing candor. In over his head from day one, Mirume falls happily into giggling romance and bedroom escapades, blissfully unaware that he's broken the heart of longtime friend and admirer En-chan (Aoi Yu). Everything seems to be going fine until Mirume decides to pay Yuri a surprise home visit and he meets her husband.

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Product Title: Don't Laugh at My Romance (Blu-ray)(Japan Version) Don't Laugh at My Romance (Blu-ray)(日本版) Don't Laugh at My Romance (Blu-ray)(日本版) 人のセックスを笑うな 【Blu-ray Disc】 Don't Laugh at My Romance (Blu-ray)(Japan Version)
Also known as: Hito no Sex wo Warauna / Sex is No Laughing Matter 不要嘲笑我們的性 不要嘲笑我们的性 Hito no Sex wo Warauna / Sex is No Laughing Matter Hito no Sex wo Warauna / Sex is No Laughing Matter
Artist Name(s): Matsuyama Kenichi | Aoi Yu | Nagasaku Hiromi | HAKASE-SUN 松山研一 | 蒼井優 | 永作博美 | HAKASE-SUN 松山研一 | 苍井优 | Nagasaku Hiromi | HAKASE-SUN 松山ケンイチ | 蒼井優 | 永作博美 | 山崎ナオコーラ | HAKASE−SUN Matsuyama Kenichi | Aoi Yu | Nagasaku Hiromi | HAKASE-SUN
Director: Iguchi Nami 井口奈己 井口奈己 井口奈己 Iguchi Nami
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-08-04
Publisher Product Code: BIXJ-173
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044066491

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
永作博美 / 松山ケンイチ / 蒼井優 / 井口奈己 (監督、脚本) / 山崎ナオコーラ (原作) / HAKASE−SUN (音楽)

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映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
初Blu-ray化/本編137分+特典103分
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2008

[ストーリー]
19歳の美術学校生のみるめ(松山ケンイチ)。 ある日、絵のモデルを20才年上の講師ユリ(永作博美)に頼まれ、その自由奔放な魅力に、吸い込まれるように恋におちた。友人の堂本(忍成修吾)に問いただされ、みるめは彼女との仲をうれしそうに告白するが、いつもつるんでいる仲間のえんちゃん(蒼井優)の顔は曇ったままだった。 初恋に有頂天のみるめだったが、実はユリは結婚していた——

[解説]
<奇跡のキャスティング>がおりなす、せつなさ100%の恋愛映画。

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Professional Review of "Don't Laugh at My Romance (Blu-ray)(Japan Version)"

July 7, 2009

This professional review refers to Sex Is No Laughing Matter (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Thanks to the success of the Death Note movies, Kenichi Matsuyama had one of his biggest years in 2007, when he had the chance to headline his first television drama. However, like other breakout young Japanese actors before him, Matsuyama manages to balance a successful career between commercial blockbusters and small independent projects. Nami Iguchi's Don't Laugh at My Romance is a successful example of one of the latter. A light yet non-comedic look at an affair between an older woman and a younger man, Don't Laugh at My Romance is a film too subtle and too anti-climatic for most Death Note fans. It will, however, likely find a following amongst mature urbanites looking for a quieter coming-of-age film.

While Matsuyama, as the lovelorn college student Mirume, is the central character of the story, the spotlight clearly goes to Hiromi Nagasaku as the older free spirit Yuri. The idea of seducing an older housewife is a typical pornographic fantasy in Japan, but writer/director Iguchi and Nagasaku has no interest in making Yuri a simple object of Mirume's sexual obsession. Yuri does exude a playful presence that is apparent from the first scene, in which she wanders the streets of suburban Saitama early one morning after missing the last train. That morning also marks her first meeting with Mirume, when his he and his friends end up giving her a ride.

When Mirume sees Yuri again at the university, surprise turns into curiosity as he discovers that she's the new substitute lithography teacher. Things begin innocently, with Yuri giving Mirume private lithography lessons. However, when she invites him to her countryside cottage for a sketching session, it seems like Mirume is the only person who doesn't know what will happen, and the only surprising part of the resulting seduction is how effortlessly Yuri pulls it off. The problem with such May-December romances is that the younger one ends up getting too involved. In this case, it happens when Mirume discovers that Yuri is a married woman – by meeting her husband at her home.

Despite the promise of risqué content (L in a sex scene?!), Don't Laugh at My Romance is only mature in its subject matter and not in its actual content. While all the titles for the film (The Japanese title - Hito no Sex wo Warauna - literally translates to "Don't Laugh at People's Sex") suggest the presence of sex, we only see the before and after of the actual act, and only in longish medium shots. The film's lack of close-ups and use of extended quiet long takes may be frustrating to some, but the tame nature of the film represents Yuri's generally indifferent attitude towards sex and love.

What Don't Laugh at My Romance lacks in visual style is made up in spades by the performances. Matsuyama gives an appropriately low-key performance here as the dopey Mirume. He carries the desperately lovelorn character well, even though his character spends a third of the film acting down and withdrawn. With a female director at the helm, it's no surprise that the women register as the stronger characters. In addition to the scene-stealing Nagasaku, young actress Yu Aoi also stands out as Mirume's long-suffering crush En-Chan. With a spunky cuteness that complements Nagasaku's mature flirt, Aoi livens up the film whenever she's on screen and is the source for many of the film's comic moments. Iguchi never makes her a tragic character, despite her unrequited love for Mirume. With her endless optimism and youthful charm, Aoi's performance is guaranteed to make a few fans out of the audience.

While Don't Laugh at My Romance doesn't really feature any objectionable content, it's still strictly a movie for adults because of its mature attitude. The film may be misconstrued as a film that undermines the effects of sex because of its lack of serious drama. However, as Mirume's outcome and the title suggests, Iguchi is expressing that sex does come with effects. The effects may not always result in emotional outbursts, but it comes with a quiet devastation in real life that the young ones may not be able to comprehend. As a result, Don't Laugh at My Romance is a perfect antithesis to mainstream idol-led "pure love" romances, with its lack of contrived illnesses and dark backstories. It's not a particularly entertaining film, but it's certainly more sincere than what's floating around out there today.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Don't Laugh at My Romance (Blu-ray)(Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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August 28, 2009

This customer review refers to Sex Is No Laughing Matter (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Aoi Yu saves the day Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Sex is No Laughing Matter" opens with a woman wearing one shoe (and kicking the other) walking down a lonely road and attempting to hitchhike. She sprints through a tunnel. A small pickup truck emerges from the tunnel, with three young people sitting in its front street wondering whether the running figure they'd just encountered was a ghost. They stop to talk to the woman; she tells them that she had missed the last train. They decide to give her a ride. She leaps into the back of the truck. One of the three joins her in the back and off they go. The entire sequence is filmed in long shots, with viewers barely able to make out the faces of the people, and it effectively sets the stage for the peculiar events to follow.

The hitchhiking woman turns out to be 39 year old Yuri (Nagasaku Hiromi), who has just become a substitute lithography professor at the local art college. The three young people who picked her up all are students at the school. Mirume (Matsuyama Kenichi), the 19 year old student who had joined Yuri in the back of the truck, becomes charmed by her impish behavior. Yuri seduces Mirume and soon Mirume is hopelessly smitten by his much older professor. Hopelessly pining for Mirume's affections is En-chan (Aoi Yuri) and pining for En-chan is Domoto (Shugo Oshinari), both of whom were the other occupants in that pickup truck. Mirume is shocked to learn that the willful and impulsive Yuri actually is married. Yuri soon quits her job in the middle of the semester and she and her husband disappear. Mirume, hopes crushed, yearns for Yuri's return, as En-chan tries to pick up the pieces.

This glacially paced, low budget arthouse film sprawls over two hours and seventeen minutes of mostly static viewing. Director Iguchi Nami shuns close-up shots, so what we learn about these characters is revealed mostly through their actions rather than their expressions. The exceptionally slow pace of the film is relieved by occasional humorous scenes. But what truly breathes life into this endeavor is the delightful performance of Aoi Yu -- she is irresistibly endearing. Recommended for fans of off-kilter arthouse films.
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