I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow / 俺はまだ本気出してないだけ / Ore wa Mada Honki Dashite nai Dake (2013)
Director: Yuichi Fukuda ; Screenplay: Yuichi Fukuda, Shunju Aono
Cast: Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ai Hashimoto, Katsuhisa Namase, Takayuki Yamada, Gaku Hamada
I would say the first half of the movie is disappointing but does get better in the second half. There are some decent jokes but I didn’t really find it that funny. It depends on whether you sympathize with the main character, Shizuo or not. I mostly felt he was kinda stupid for his age and thus didn’t find his slapstick humour very amusing most times. However, I liked the other two characters whom Shizuo hangs out with. Like Shizuo they are also looking for their own purposes in life. The premise of dropping a stable salaryman type career to find your true passion (in Shizuo’s case, becoming a manga artist) is not a poor premise to base a movie on. At least the story does a good job of showing the difficulties one must go through to attain one’s dream. It shows him working, getting rejected, becoming lazy and trying again.
The question of whether Shizuo is good enough to even be a manga artist is not really touched upon, he appears to already have some decent drawing ability although it is never explicitly mentioned. Then again, this was not really the point of the movie and likely would’ve dragged it even more than it already does. The first half is a bit dull because Shizuo really does just laze around with his father yelling at him and his 17 year old daughter being quietly supportive. The story picks up when Shizuo does achieve a small amount of success but it’s more because we see significant occurrences with other characters. Credit to the movie for making one question what is truly important in life. None of the characters are necessarily successful by the end of the movie but it’s a hopeful ending about taking chances.
Would I recommend this movie? Hard to say, it has some good points and maybe some people (unlike me) will find this type of humour really funny. I’ve simply seen movies with more laughs before this. I think if you like the premise, then you’ll like the movie. I don’t regret seeing it.