Movie: Heavenly Forest
Romaji: Tada, kimi wo aishiteru
Director: Takehiko Shinjo
Writer: Takuji Ichikawa (novel), Kenji Bando
Producer: Toshiya Nomura
Cinematographer: Mitsuru Komiyama
Release Date: October 28, 2006 (Japan)
Runtime: 116 Min.
“Heavenly Forest” is about a photographer named Makoto (Hiroshi Tamaki), who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru (Aoi Miyazaki). The two first met when Makoto attended his university entrance ceremony.
Due to his inferiority complex, Makoto tends to shy away from other people but Shizuru managed to make him open up to her. Because of their friendship, Shizuru also ended up taking an interest in photography and the two often went to a forest to take pictures. Shizuru wants nothing else but to be by Makoto’s side so when he started liking another girl called Miyuki (Meisa Kuroki), Shizuru decided that she too will like Miyuki and becomes her friend.
One day, Makoto asked Shizuru what present she’d like to receive for her birthday. Shizuru, who wanted to enter a photography competition, had an idea to take a picture of the two of them kissing in a forest. Makoto agreed to do this and the two kissed for the very first time. Ever since that day, however, Shizuru disappears from Makoto’s life.
Makoto es solitario y callado. Shizuru es nueva en la universidad y quiere conseguir amigos. Un encuentro casual mientras tratan de cruzar la calle los reúne y así empieza una amistad entre ellos, reforzada por el gusto a la fotografía. Comienza el trío amoroso: Shizuru se enamora de Makoto desde la primera vez que lo ve, Makoto está enamorado de Miyuki, una compañera de la universidad.
Shizuru, resignada, apoya a Mokoto con su amor, pero un consurso de fotografía logra unirlos aún más; es cuando Makoto se da cuenta de sus verdaderos sentimientos, pero Shizuru, de repente, desaparece.