My first movie of the year to watch was 2015’s “Have a Song on Your Lips” (くちびるに歌を) starring Aragaki Yui, and based on a novel of the same name. I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the setting of eastern Nagasaki. The ocean and islands are amazing – I wouldn’t mind living there!
The story is about an accomplished concert pianist (Aragaki) who returns to her hometown to substitute teach the middle school music class as a favor for her childhood friend (played by Kimura Fumino) who is going on maternity leave. For reasons that we are unaware of at the beginning of the story, she hasn’t played piano for a year. The main plot is about her and her students’ transformations as they prepare for the regional choir competition.
I’ve watched a couple movies starring Aragaki Yui in the past year and I have been impressed with her acting. It has greatly improved since I first saw her in a dorama a few years ago. I can’t wait to see her in more movies!
Have a Song on Your Lips (くちびるに歌を) is a beautiful movie, with plenty of contemplative moments and wonderful acting… I recommend it if you like slow-paced and heartwarming films!