Love Strikes (Moteki) (2011) – Film Review


Poor Yukiyo is a thirty-one year-old ‘second virgin’ with little self-confidence in life, especially with women. However, scoring a job at a very groovy webazine, he finds himself chasing one woman whilst being chased by another. But the relationships are complex, and Yukiyo has to find his inner-strength to reach his goal.

Most of this film is delightful, with the clumsy and awkward Yukiyo not seeing what is directly in front of him, and pursuing a hopeless goal. And then it gets creepy. I felt extremely uncomfortable during a chase sequence toward the end that is veering rapidly toward sexual assault. Really, that ruined the whole film for me. Shame, because otherwise it was darned funny.