I had been wanting to watch Honokaa Boy (trailer) after seeing a special on Hasegawa Jun that showed some film clips. In all, I think it was a quiet movie with a slow plot, quite fitting for its setting and characters, but this made things start to drag after a while. Hasegawa’s character Mariah was interesting though. I know Americans are more touchy-feely than the Japanese, but I think she was a bit over the top and in your face (the hug scene: awkward and prolonged, even for me and I’m quite touchy), but the character seemed appropriate for Hasegawa.
A lot of the scenes were shot nicely, the majority of which were done in Honokaa. I literally googled Honokaa and found a few film locations, so it’s got that peaceful small town atmosphere for zoning out (or driving you crazy, depending on how used to cities you are). After seeing what seemed like a ton of Korean shows (ok, maybe like 4), it was nice to listen to Japanese since mine is getting pretty rusty. Seriously, 3 years in university and nothing to show for it.