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Meeting the woman of your dreams in Hawaii is a blessing until you discover she has short-term memory loss and forgets everything the very next day. Does this plot sound familiar? Because it is! The Japanese remake to the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore rom com 50 FIRST DATES, this adaptation is a reunion for Takayuki Yamada and Masami Nagasawa, who co-starred in the 2007 romance SAY HELLO TO ME.
Yamada is Daisuke, a womanizing travel agent who also is passionate about astronomy. The object of his affections, Rui (Nagasawa), is an art teacher living with her father and bodybuilding brother, who try to preserve the illusion that nothing has changed since the day of the accident that caused her amnesia.
The 50 FIRST DATES property, which has already seen Malaysian and Telugu reinterpretations, has more regional remakes coming up, with a Vietnamese version up next. The Japanese version faithfully recreates many of that film’s characters and set pieces. Rui’s condition, and the way it is handled by her family and friends, may seem implausible (much like the American version), but what sells the premise is the chemistry between Nagasawa and Yamada and it is undeniable.