Saotome Ai pledged her devotion to Taiga Makoto after a shared childhood experience, and when she meets him again she tries her best to help him, despite his lack of interest in anything but fighting. When Makoto is transferred to a yankee ridden school after yet another violent incident, Ai soon follows, but their strange relationship attracts the negative attention of an unlikely gang leader who develops a grudge against Makoto.
Makoto seeks revenge. And then there is Ai, that seeks Makotos love, because he onces saved her, when she was small. But they couldn't be any different. She is the lovely, pure daughter from rich parents while he is a lonvely delinquent, that can't keep his fists by himself. When he switches schools, Ai meets him again and decides to follow him to his school. But it's different from her usual surroundings, because the whole school consists of gangs, delinquents and other violent people. But she wants to stay by Makoto and gain his trust and love.
This movie was easier to watch than I thought. It is really interesting, how Takashi Miike filmed it. And the best part about it is it beaing a musical. I love the songs, because they spice up the story and at the same time make it all the mor ridiculous. The acting could probably be better or at least more realistic, but that would do the movie nothing good. It is strange and probably doesn't have any great message.
But this movie tries good and fun things, and you should give it a try. It's a romance story, so you can enjoy it for the romance. It has good, fun music, so you can enjoy it being a musical. It has fights and gangs, so you can enjoy it as an action movie. And then it has the beautiful animation in the beginning and the end, which makes it even a bit artsy. Also, there are many things to laugh about, so you can also enjoy it as a comedy.
This movie has it all. Except - like I said - a proper message. It is there to be enjoyed and I definitely did. I had to deduct one point, because I am not fond of the ending. But I still enjoyed the movie and would suggest fans of japanese cinema to watch this piece of art. 4*.