Honey & Clover

2006

Romance

121
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 768

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1.04 GB
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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
117 min
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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
117 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by douglas2k4 7 / 10 / 10

Good adaptation, but could have been better...

Based on the hit anime of the same name, "Honey and Clover" deals with five college art students. While the premise may sound simple, it's quite the opposite; the characters struggle through school, work, and love. All within the confines of a university, "Honey and Clover" showcases the journey that everyone must take from being a young adult and following the long and challenging road to becoming a full fledged adult. First off, the cast is wonderfully presented. Their likeliness to their anime counterparts is great and for the most part (albeit hair color) spot on. The mannerisms of the cast also reflected the anime greatly and fans of the anime will certainly enjoy this aspect of the film. Another great aspect of the film is definitely the cinematography. Since this film's environment is mostly held at or around an art school, you would expect for most part, as viewer, to be stimulated visually, right? Indeed this is the case with "Honey and Clover". The film accurately displays the happenings of an art school, from the constant unfinished student projects scattered about, to the multiple classes that art students participate in, it is faithfully recreated here. The musical score by famous composer Yoko Kanno is wonderfully implemented into the movie too. I for one have taken notice that Kanno is starting to produce more film scores, and she has done great job so far. With her most recent contributions to Su-ki-da and Kamikaze Girls, her slow transition from anime composition to film composition can only be seen as a good thing. I hope to see her contribute more to the realm of films in the future. Putting music aside though, "Honey and Clover" does run into some slight problems… Based on an anime series, one can truly see the tremendous amount of time and effort it would take to condense 26 episodes into roughly a two hour film. What happens in most cases when this occurs in other adaptations is that entire story arcs, characters, and original endings are left out. "Honey and Clover" suffers from the all these. While significantly better in many regards than most anime to film conversions, the story of "Honey and Clover" is just too character driven for a film. Maybe a Japanese TV drama would perhaps work well, but due to the time constraints of a film, it doesn't provide the adequate depth that the anime series does. This leaves viewers who aren't fans of the anime or manga sometimes clueless as to what is happening on screen. Some characters relationships might be questionable for those viewers who haven't seen the anime or read the manga. Some characters just pop in with little to no background and the viewer is expected to already know who they are, what their purpose is, and what their relationship is to plot. By the end of the film, all we are left is with a cast we don't really care for (even if you have seen the anime/read the manga). This hurts a film that otherwise is a moderately accurate retelling of a rather well crafted anime series. With all but one minor quibble (a major one if you haven't seen the series or read the manga), "Honey and Clover" is one of the better anime adaptations out there. While fans of the anime will definitely enjoy this film, non-fans will probably be asking themselves why certain characters do this or that, unknowing to the fact that their questions are clearly explained in anime. In the end though, I recommend this film for fans, but I have to say pass if you haven't seen anything that has to do with 'Honey and Clover". Please visit www.cinema-repose.com for more Asian reviews.

Reviewed by aji_gps 1 / 10 / 10

A Little Piece of The Story that Makes You Curious

The film Hachimitsu to Clover is based on a manga/anime with the same title (meaning Honey and Clover). I wanted to watch the anime so badly but ran into the movie first, so I gave it a try. The story focuses on the five main characters that play together in an art school. First, the leader, a guy with glasses and a clumsy attitude. Then a young student, a naive guy with a strong attitude, wanting so badly to become a complete adult man. Third is a girl, while being a quite elegant woman, but is strongly attached to the leader, trying to get his attention as the guy unlikely realizes anything. Fourth, a second girl, small, childish like behavior, but very talented. And the last is a guy with a slacking attitude, tends to give a sloppy image, but gives a mysterious hidden talent. So briefly, the leader doesn't realize the girls attention, the naive guy so deeply fixated with the little girl, and the little girl holds a mysterious attention to the slacking guy, whilst the slacking guy giving a mutual feeling. The story goes by as they try to accomplish each of their trials of life. Being a Japan movie, the pace of the story is low, but while you go slowly you are entertained by the nature, the music, the beautiful conversation, et cetera. So if you enjoy Japanese films, you would enjoy this one. For me, it was enough to make me more wanting to watch the anime. Moreover make me gloom about my life and my own trials of life. And made a strong memory on its catchy soundtrack. 8/10

Reviewed by nyan-nyan-274-520299 1 / 10 / 10

A disappointment...

I guess this could have been an OK movie on it's own, but being familiar with the anime and the manga I really don't like this movie. They've taken everything that's good about the original and thrown it out the window. It's not possible to fit everything that's in a 10 volume manga or 26 episode anime into a movie of course. This movie solves this by throwing out the original story almost completely and replacing it with an inferior story instead. In the anime series people are good friends and their friendships are actually important, not so much here. The characters have had major personality changes, most notably Yamada. She's nothing like her spunky self here, quite the opposite. Mayama is even more of a stalker in this version and since many of his interactions and dialogues with Yamada is still there (despite her huge personality change) he comes of as very conceited. Morita is behaving like a conceited stoner. Shūji Hanamoto doesn't seem to care about Hagu at all and is mostly seen drinking with nameless students. Takemoto for some reason works as that cat-mascot (not in the amusement park) and is a real jerk to Yamada when he's not being a whinier version of himself. Hagu is not her shy quirky self either... she's much more forward than Yamada, which is really weird. In stead of showing us the friendship between Yamada and Hagu, we're simply told that they're friends. Rika doesn't have a back-story, she can walk without a crutch and she's just a normal boring person that feels uncomfortable with Mayama's creepy behavior. He stalks her every day, collect and keep different items she's used while he's working for her. They've chosen to keep the gay twins, here they're gallery owners displaying Morita's art. None of the workers of Fujiwara Design is in this one. This is a strange priority to me, that doesn't make much sense. In the anime the characters talk about going to the beach, but they actually never go... in the movie we get a long and pointless scene with the characters on the beach. The whole Hagu-Morita relationship is completely different here too and most of the story focuses on Morita being a successful artist and Hagu being upset because she feels he is a sellout. They have Takemoto driving around aimlessly on his bike, but it's just thrown in without any purpose to the story or any realization coming out of it. Instead of throwing in random invented scenes that doesn't really flesh out the characters or have any meaning they should have focused on the relationships that are there in the original story. Pinpointing them trough key scenes between the different characters. I liked and cared about all the characters in the anime, in this version I can hardly stand any of them. If you like the personalities in the anime and think their friendships are important, stay far away from this movie.

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