Just Only Love is a 2018 romance drama film directed by Rikiya Imaizumi. This another spotlight on Japan film, that I attended at HIFF. The film was based on the novel written by Mitsuyo Kakuta. Just Only Love is about an office worker, Teruko and her new potential relationship with Mamuro. The start of Teruko new relationship with Mamuro is almost entirely innocent and to sweet to be true. Teruko would often pick up on patterns of how she knew Mamuro would call her on certain days to meet out. She would look forward to the day and become super excited, whenever he appeared on her phone screen.
To Teruko she believe he was the one and perfect man to start a life with. She even decides to quit her job and commit to being more of house wife to Mamuro. When Teruko decides to makes this decision is when their relationship starts to drift. Their relationship would become one-sided,as Teruko would often try to make things work between them. The more effort Teruko put in to make romantic relationship blossom with Mamuro, the more he ran and avoided any interactions with her.
The film Just Only Love was a tough film to watch. Especially since the beginning of the film was so adorable. Then the relationship between Teruko and Mamuro just slowly started to fall apart. I will say this is a great film to watch and learn from. I learned that you should never have to force a relationship. Both people have to put effort, and boundaries are need in a relationship for best results. If not, the relationship would mostly likely end up like Teruko and her one-sided love for Mamuro.