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Popularity 5Viewed 5643 times 2016-12-21 09:35 |Personal category:Movie|System category:Life| your, name

Alone, I went to see this movie today recommended a few times by my students some of whom had seen it more than one time. This is also said to be one of the best movies in 2016.


People say it's a movie suitable for couples; others say many are moved to tears when watching it. I enjoyed it thoroughly even though I am single and I didn't even have the slightest idea of wanting to cry.  Probably because I have never been in a sensational or phenomenal relationship.



The story depicted in the movie is way beyond reality. The leading male-Taki is a high school student living in Tokyo while the leading female-Miciha is a student living in Japanese countryside. Miciha is tired of both mundane and monotonous life in a small town where there is not even a cafe and where convenient store closes at 9:00 o'clock in the evening. She desperately wants to escape this life and live in a metropolis like Tokyo.


Unexpectedly, their souls start to be exchanged once in a while. Miciha wakes up one day and finds she is trapped in the body of Taki. This may not be exactly what she has asked for. But she finally has a chance to has a bite of city life. So she binges on the desert in cafe.  Meanwhile, Taki started his life in Miciha's picturesque hometown with idyllic and breathtakingly beautiful scenery and sacred ritual.


Because of their quite different personality, they promise to keep a diary so that people around them will not notice their abnormality. Despite this, the unavoidable gender difference has brought positive influence to both of their lives. One day, they decide to meet each other.

But when they call each other, they simply can't get it through. Both of them are told that the number is out of service.


Here lies a big twist of the plot-they are in different spaces. This has made the movie a bit unique but in the meantime a bit difficult to follow. It is revealed later that Miciha went to Tokyo to visit Taki 3 years ago when Taki has absolutely no idea of her existence. So even when Miciha stands in front of him, he first ignores and then wonders who this girl is. When Taki finally comes to search Miciha in the town, he is told that the town is already destroyed 3 years ago when the comet hit the ground. Somehow, Taki managed to come back by drinking the magical wine made by Miciha and told her to save the whole village from the disaster.


Despite this, all the memory about each other including names is wiped clean from their brain. So even though they can sense the extraordinary familiarity with each other, they fail to come up with the other person's name. So they raise the question: " Your name is...?" where the movie comes to an end.


The story is absolutely telling. Otherwise, I suppose it would be virtually impossible for a foreign animated movie with no 3D effects to gain such wide popularity among the public in China. Besides, the simple but refreshing music contributed considerably to its success.


Some people complain that they just can't figure out why the scriptwriter doesn't write a happy ending for them. The protagonists in the movie keep missing each other and in the end forget their shared memory altogether. I personally believe this is what it should be like because this is what real life is like.


When watching this movie, I felt this strong sense of helplessness and powerlessness work up in the bottom of my heart as I clearly know what is shown in the movie is the exact reflection of the life we are living in the real world.


Of course, it is not like we exchange souls in reality as well. It's this essence of being defeated by time. Time makes you forget stuff be they extremely important or fairly significant. When Taki and Miciha have to  bid farewell to each other, they determine to remember each other's name. But no matter how hard they try, they fail.

In life, there must be many times when we believe what are experiencing at that time is special enough to be cherished like forever. Every enjoyable moment feels like eternity engraved in the stone.


 I believed we would remember everything about my puppy love when it happened,  the name, the look, the shared moments. But honestly, when I recall my puppy love now, I remember nothing more than his name. We have lost contact for like ages.


I believed the friends I had made in school would be by my side forever since we once spent such pleasant and naive time together. We had done all the good things and bad things together, allowing each other to copy homework, helping each other cheat  in exam, sharing our little secrets, talking about eye candies in school. But still, I  now don't keep contact with the majority of them. It seems like we have all of a sudden stepped from each other's stage of life.


The other night, one of my roomies in university complained to time that she couldn't understand why her best friends from university suddenly stopped stopped chatting with her. She further confessed that even just last year, they visited each other, talking and laughing. They all seemed content and happy then. But now their relationship isn't all that close.


Unlike the story in the movie, we actually live in the same space. We occasionally find it rather hard to recall someone's name who once played a vital part in our lives. At the very moment of encounter, we just can't let the name naturally fall from our lips. We wonder since when we have become strangers to each other.


This is life. It is unchangeable and unavoidable. We are all powerless in front of time. So I suppose we shouldn't always drench ourselves in the lament of how indifferent people become with time flying by.


Out of coincidence, we may meet our old friends like Taki and Miciha and start our relationship fresh and feel connected all over again. This is the best scenario. Even if this doesn't happen, we shouldn't always linger on what happened in the past. Instead, we should move on with our own life. Because only when we let go of the past can we embrace the future.


I don't mind introducing myself again to you: " Hello, my name is Min. It's really nice to be able to meet you again..."

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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-12-22 10:16
we have highlighted your blog. thanks for sharing it here.
Reply Report Min1989 2016-12-22 10:44
voice_cd: we have highlighted your blog. thanks for sharing it here.
Thank you for that~~~ Have a nice day.
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-12-23 10:04
Watching movie which you like alone is not sad !!!
Reply Report Min1989 2016-12-23 10:35
Dracarys: Watching movie which you like alone is not sad !!!
I totally agree with you . Probably the blog sounds like I was sad. But I wasn't. If I was sad, that would be because of this feeling of being defeated by time.
Reply Report Ashikujaman 2016-12-26 01:26
Reply Report Min1989 2016-12-27 17:03
Ashikujaman: Good.
Thank U
Reply Report 1105852048 2016-12-29 02:32
Yes, that how it was for me as well. Finished school and all my so-called friends fell away, disappeared into their own world ... job, relationship, life.
Reply Report Min1989 2016-12-29 12:31
1105852048: Yes, that how it was for me as well. Finished school and all my so-called friends fell away, disappeared into their own world ... job, relationship, l ...
Thank you for your comment! What you have mentioned seems to be pretty common among people. I personally think it is ok to lose contact with old friends as this means that we are constantly meeting new people and make new friends.
Reply Report 1105852048 2016-12-30 06:21
Absolutely! I agree. It is good to meet new people and this we also change as a person instead of staying the same old...
Reply Report shehemego 2017-2-24 20:29
Though I havent ever watched the movie Your Name, your blog is a good medium to lead me into the story. I have to say, it is quite a depressing story. But it's true as you said what the film showed us is the reality we have to confront with. Despite the film or your blog made me a bit of in groom, I have to say it is true. I just cannot eschew this cruel reality.
Reply Report Min1989 2017-2-27 09:19
shehemego: Though I havent ever watched the movie Your Name, your blog is a good medium to lead me into the story. I have to say, it is quite a depressing story. ...
I am sorry that you feel the story is depressing. And I understand that. Friendship still plays a significant part in your life when you are still a student. When you are older, there will be more and more new friends in your life. It is almost natural to drift apart from your old friends. We all have to learn to let go in the end.

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