心が叫びがってるんだ/Anthem of the Heart

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(Spoiler Alert) Just came across this gem from 2015, I must say I liked it. I suppose this can be considered a slice of life movie, about how a girl recovered from her self-inflicted curse of silence.

The premise of the show is that the girl, Jun, stumbled upon her father having an affair and inadvertently caused the divorce of her parents when she babbled about it to her mother. The resulting trauma caused her to get a severe reaction whenever she tries to talk to people.

Pretty serious topic there.

The lack of any comedic factors in the show can also make it somewhat hard to watch so it can feel somewhat moody. In a way, not a surprise given the material.

Despite the gloomy setting and the overall dark tone of the movie, the reason why I am bothering to write this article is because I think it was a well-handled movie.

  • Appropriate tone and setting for the topic.
  • Awesome main character entrance at the finale
  • Satisfying ending

As a parent myself, I can totally understand the viewpoints from Jun’s parents. While it is really not her fault, they blamed her for the divorce. Her mother’s case was subconscious but her dad said it out to her straight in the face. This hit home, as it can really happen to anyone in real life. Far too easy to blame one’s troubles on a child.

Story in a nutshell. Jun managed to meet some friends who decided to make an effort to fix her trauma and the finale is a musical that is based on her life story (so far), dedicated to Jun’s mother. The singing for the tunes are good but the one scene that gave this movie an A in my book is the “Voice of the Soul” part where Jun sings as she enters the performance hall. Absolutely fabulous.

  • Great singing!
  • Nice tune. Not original but nice adaptation.
  • Meaningful lyrics. And yes, it made me tear.

The song (My Voice) is a summary of a summary. If the musical was a summary of Jun’s life, then the song was a summary of the musical. In short, the entire movie in a single song.

Incidentally, the name “Jun 順” means “go with the flow” and is synonymous with obedience. Perhaps there might be some intentional reference, on how being considered “talkative” is not being in line with the concept of an obedient girl. I probably won’t go too deep here into the land of speculation but I’ll just leave it here as a footnote.

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