Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

LA Times: "Soon, between the sake and the cherry blossoms, [the protagonists] are in a relationship, exquisite and strange; bound by politeness, respect and a love for language."

Date: Jan 13 2009

Tokyo, 1989. Amélie, 21, decides the best way to learn Japanese is to teach French. She meets with her first student, a 20-year-old man/boy named Rinri in a café in Omote-Sando. Soon, between the sake and the cherry blossoms, they are in a relationship, exquisite and strange; bound by politeness, respect and a love for language. "I was always overjoyed to see him. I felt friendship for him, and tenderness. But when he wasn't there, I did not miss him. Such was the equation of my feeling for him." "Tokyo Fiancée" is two parts Sartre and one part "La Lectrice," the 1988 film based on the novel by Raymond Jean. Happiness is a kind of equanimity: "So that is what it was, Rinri and I: the fraternal embrace of the samurai. Infinitely more beautiful and noble than some silly love story."