All the Valentine feels with Japanese romantic film ‘Snow Flower’

Opening on February 6, the super kilig Japanese movie “Snow Flower” is a hit in the making. 

Loved the movies The Fault In Our Stars, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Kita Kita? Here’s a new Japanese YA film that’s bound to melt your heart this Valentine’s Day. Opening on February 6, Snow Flower is about Miyuki (Ayami Nakajo) a bright young woman who sadly has only one year left to live. After she receives the doctor’s prognosis, she serendipitously meets a kind stranger named Yusuke (Hiroomi Tosaka) in wintertime Tokyo.

When they cross paths again six months later, she finds out that Yusuke’s café workplace desperately needs financial assistance. Her time running out, she gathers the courage to offer Yusuke a deal: be her boyfriend for one month in exchange for one million yen. After a moment of hesitation, he agrees to keep his job and support his younger siblings.

Thus begins their whirlwind romance in the height of summer. Every moment becomes a cherished memory for Miyuki: their first date, their shared baon, their goodnight messages. Beginning in Tokyo, their love storyculminates in Finland, where Miyuki hopes her last wish will come true: to see the rare red aurora in the winter wonderland where her parents met.

This sweeping romance will surely make you feel kilig this Valentine’s Day. Based on the iconic Japanese winter song “Yuki no Hana” (Snow Flower), the young adult movie is directed by Kojiro Hashimoto and distributed by Axinite Digicinema in the Philippines.

Pre-Valentine romantic film ‘Snow Flower’ features temporary relationship

Calling all hopeless romantics! You’ll surely fall for this Japanese love story, coming out February 6 in cinemas nationwide that spans four beautiful seasons.

This love month, dive into a puddle—no, an ocean of feels with Snow Flower, a Japanese YA movie that is almost too precious for this world. Out on February 6 in time for Valentine’s Day, Snow Flower is about a year in the life of a bright young woman named Miyuki (Ayami Nakajo). The sad truth is, it’s her last year ever, according to her doctor’s prognosis. Just as she’s about to abandon all hope, she meets Yusuke (Hiroomi Tosaka), a kind stranger who would become the love of her life, in wintertime Tokyo.

In a serendipitous turn of events, Miyuki and Yusuke cross paths again six months after their meet cute. Her time running out, Miyuki courageously offers Yusuke a deal: be her boyfriend for one month in exchange for one million yen. Yusuke, whose café workplace desperately needs a financial boost, accepts the offer to continue supporting his younger siblings.

Truly beginning in the summer, their romance is a match #blessed by the universe as the seasons unfold as beautifully as their story. From the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, their love story crosses oceans to the red aurora of Finland. You see, it’s Miyuki’s last wish to witness the rare phenomenon in the winter wonderland where her parents met.

Based on the iconic Japanese winter song “Yuki no Hana” (Snow Flower), this feel-good YA movie will remind you what it truly means to be alive and present in the moment.

Directed by Kojiro Hashimoto and distributed by Axinite Digicinema in the Philippines, it’s a date on February 6, Snow Flower is the movie to catch this love month. 

Goku, Vegeta face off against legendary Super Saiyan in ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’

The most anticipated and latest in the anime action Dragon Ball franchise starts January 30  as “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” opens exclusively in SM Cinemas.

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is a new legend penned by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, the first film in the new Super series, and the 20th anniversary film. Because of this bounty of importance, the production style of this film can best be summed up in Director Nagamine’s words: “If Goku has undergone an upgrade, then the visuals must be upgraded as well.” If Goku will always love to fight and become stronger, we need to think outside the box and create a contemporary, highquality Dragon Ball worthy of him. In other words, the stronger Goku gets, the harder we must work to express that evolution. The evolution displayed in Dragon Ball Super: Broly is not just a memorial to over 30 years of legendary titles, but also a challenge to depart from the films that came before it.

As this is the first Super film, we’ve also refreshed the character designs from the TV series. Mr. Iyoku at Shueisha’s “Dragon Ball Unit” proposed a challenge to us to renew the animation and character design because the drawing style of the creator of Dragon Ball, Toriyama himself, has also changed. Toriyama believes the new designs represent “the Dragon Ball of today,” and their shade is similar to the original manga’s. Aiming for that kind of animation, we held elaborate auditions for animators at Toei Animation.

Naohiro Shintani was handpicked by Toriyama himself to create these new designs based on the flavor of the original manga. Upon inking the model sheets, he received the nod from Toriyama on the first draft without having to do any retakes. What characterizes Shintani’s renewed designs is that they have a slim silhouette when compared with the previous designs. You could call them contemporary, but they also achieve the feeling of a fine balance that is closer to the original manga than previous anime designs. Upon observing the animation for the previous series, Shintani said, “I like the designs that director of key animation Minoru Maeda did for the original Dragon Ball TV anime, so I thought it would be nice if I could bring out Maeda’s nuances like his soft touch and expressions when I drew them.” This comes out in the character model sheets, but please look for this sensitive expression in the film as well.

A 20th Century Fox presentation, “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” opens in the following cinemas on January 30:  SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Marikina, SM East Ortigas, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Cebu, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Iloilo, SM Cauayan, SM Clark, SM Pampanga, SM Cabanatuan, SM BF, SM Dasmarinas, SM Davao, SM Lanang, SM Cagayan De Oro Downtown, SM Telasbastagan and SM Legazpi.

Check 20th Century Fox (Philippines) and SM Cinemas Facebook pages for the latest cinema list.