Love My Life

Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese Uni students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes out to her father who tells her he is also gay and her mother was a lesbian. Her best friend is gay too, though he has a female who is after him. Their liaison is very intense, but Eri suggests a temporary separation so she can concentrate on her law studies. The break from their affair is difficult for Ichiko to deal with. But Eri soon sorts out her priorities.

love-my-life-filmIt focuses on a relationship between two girls. Izumi Ichiko is the Literary Arts major who works part-time at a local CD music store and also does English to Japanese translation work on the side. Her father has himself recently “come out” and is dating a very much younger man much to Ichiko’s shock. Her brooding partner Eri, comes from a conservative family and has ambitions about pursuing law.

While Eri has had many relationships in the past (both male and female) she feels that her relationship with Ichiko is different and wants very much to keep it strong.

This is basically the story of the bubbly Ichiko and her seemingly-older, more staid girlfriend Eri. Ichiko’s friend Take, a gay man her own age, is another main character.

One of the main aspects of the movie is the reaction the respective fathers of Ichiko and Eri have to their relationship. Ichiko’s father is understanding, and even goes so far as to unveil a personal secret that, in a bit of a roundabout way, makes father and daughter all the closer. Eri’s father, however, is not just a homophobe but a misogynist, and how she deals with him is also a major story thread.

This is an adaptation from a manga of the same title, Love My Life.


You may watch the official trailer here:

Original Title: Love My Life


Language:  Japanese

Country:  Japan

Category:  Romance

Director: Kôji Kawano

Stars: Rei Yoshii, Asami Imajuku, Naomi Akimoto

Run time:  96 min

Release:  2006

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