My Brother Loves Me Too Much poster
My Brother Loves Me Too Much (Japanese Drama & Film)
I have just watched this film, which I have been looking forward to be subbed in English for ages. This film gives closure to the 5 episodes drama, Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu.
- Tao Tsuchiya as Setoka Tachibana
- Ryota Katayose as Haruka Tachibana
- Yudai Chiba as Takane Serikawa
- Takuya Kusakawa as Chiaki Mioka
- Yosuke Sugino as Kunimitsu Serikawa
- Towa Araki as young Haruka Tachibana
- Ito Ono as Chiyuku Mioka
The story is about a quasi brother and sister, Haruka and Setoka.
Haruka had found out quite a while ago that Setoka was not his blood sister but he loved her anyway as if she was his real sister as first. He made it his mission to protect her at all costs, including affairs of the heart.
Unfortunately for Setoka, Haruka went rather overboard with protecting her that he frightened any boy who would come near.
At the age of 17, she had told Iskedes! (I like you!) to 12 boys but each time. they would always run away or told her “No” despite intially showing interest in her.
Actually these 12 aborted romances occurred during the drama, Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu.
She was aggrieved and found solace and comfort with her brother, Haruka, who she later found out had actually scared the 12 boys and backed off.
Towards the end of the drama, her first love, Takane,came back from his studies abroad and now a doctor. He told her that he likes her, she is his first love.
Suddenly she has become a male magnet as a playboy Chiaki, she met in the park was also interested in her.
There was also her teacher, who loves speaking in English, who is comically full of himself and thought that he was God’s gift to women or rather school girls.
The drama ended with Setoka having to choose from these interested males.
The film follows on from the drama.
Suddenly Haruka is more aggresive with Setoka. At one point they were on the brink of kissing when Takane arrived at the Tachibana beach house.
Takane, Chiaki and the rather oily teacher pursued her.
In the end she chose Takane. But during a date that turned rather amorous, Setoka stopped Takane from going any further.
In his frustration Takane told her that her heart is not 100 per cent his and that she is in love with someone else.
At first Setoka did not understand what Takane was getting at until he said that Haruka was not her real blood sibling. Apparently Takane knew all along because he remembered a one-year old baby girl coming to live with the Tachibanas about 16 years ago.
Setoka ran all the way home and confronted Haruka for the truth. She found out the truth from Haruka, who said that no matter what she will always be part of his family.
Next day at school, someone said about starting over, which inspired her to fully break up with Takane, who was in confrontation with Haruka.
Setoka overheard Haruka saying that he loves her. And that is that.
It was cute after getting over the initial discomfort about siblings romantic relationships taboo. They are not really blood related and Haruka did loved her tenderly and cared and cooked for her.
Haruka said that he will wait for Setoka to feel more comfortable and truly love him before they start dating. Of course Setoka said that she had loved him for a long time also. Cute.
I have to mention that the boy who played the young Haruka is so cute. I can see another Kento Yamazaki in him. Just give hime 5-8 years. Kawaii.
There was another thing that niggled me so much while watching the film. It was the strap of Setoka’s blouse which was undone by Takane in the car. During a heart to heart talk between Haruka and Setoka, one scene would show the strap undone, the next scene, done up hurriedly, and then undone again and finely neatly tied back in a bow. Seriously, it was rather off-putting.
Aside from that it is a cute romantic story with lots of laughs. Good acting all round especially by Tsuchiya Tao.