Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (2016)

When my younger sister first recommended this film to me, I have to admit I was skeptical that this might be a sappy chick flick written to make young girls swoon and cry. Then my colleagues at work (who are older than me) recommended this too! So I decided to put my faith in the word-of-mouth phenomenon (which Ryan Holiday says is the proof of good work) and gave this film a try!

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You, also known as ぼくは明日、昨日のきみとデートする (Boku wa Asu, Kinō no Kimi to Dēto Suru) in Japaneseturned out to be a life-changing film for me. YES, sounds dramatic, but hear me out. It so happened that this film really changed the way I viewed the overused saying to “live every moment like it’s your last”. Now most of the time, when people say this, they really mean that when this “moment” was indeed your last, that meant you would have already died and hence no more days would follow that “moment”. This movie gives a different proposition. What if, you lived your life from end to start? Then all your “firsts” would become your lasts. Example: If you lived your life backwards, then the day you say your wedding vows to your future wife, would become the last day of your marriage with her, and in the days that follow she would know you less and less, until both of you become complete strangers…

I don’t know about you but that perspective completely blew me away and actually, the day after I watched this film, my boss decided to cut short my job probation and converted me from a trainee to an official employee of the company! She sat me down to explain how well I had done thus far, and how appreciative she was of my contribution to the team AND IT TOOK ALL OF ME TO NOT CRY. I very nearly broke down in front of her because I couldn’t shake the thought of this being the LAST day of me being an official employee of the company, and that from now on, I would be a trainee on probation, and then eventually… cease to be a part of the company. Yeah, it’s tragic. I cried in the toilet after for a bit. But anyway, my point is that this shows the power of a film in influencing one’s perspective in life! And I’m thankful for this film for doing that.

OKAY LET’S START THE REVIEW.

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I absolutely loved Komatsu Nana’s performance in this film as Emi. I personally felt that she carried the film, and if it weren’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have cried as much as I did, haha! Fukushi Sota’s performance as Takatoshi on the other hand… was awkward and even cringey at times. I don’t know why but it felt as if he was behaving like how an animated character would. Which is strange, because people don’t behave that way in reality. The way he cries and laughs, it was odd and unnatural. Well, it might come across as endearing to some audiences, but for me – it just snapped me back into reality every now and then, which I really dislike experiencing because whenever I watch a film, I want to be completely immersed in the film’s universe from start to end.

When I realised where this film was headed, I told myself to not think too much. Science fiction films that deal with the non-linearity of time would nearly always come with “holes” and “gaps” in its plot (think Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name). So if you fall for this trap and start going into the scientific details and feasibility of the film’s sequence of events – you’re gonna miss the point of the film. I have come to terms with the fact that my brain has not yet been wired to grasp the concept of the past, present and future all existing together at the same time. I can’t fully relate to the fact that there is no order to which comes “first”. And until I meet God to ask Him, I will never completely understand this concept. So I choose to let go of the science, and to enjoy the emotions. Those who are absolutely unable to do the same, I would recommend against watching this one.

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You is a film that can be watched a second time, and that the second time would surely be different from the first because you would watch it now with the end in mind – so you would notice new things! I find value in films like this. On another note I would DEFINITELY watch an animated remake of this film, that would actually be really exciting.

The colours and cinematography of this film was heartwarming and occasionally even breathtaking. Script wasn’t amazing in a super-quotable way, but it was good enough to convey what it had to. This film felt like a mix of Paperman and Your Name, such that the sentimental aspects would be well appreciated by women and the science-fiction aspect would be appreciated by men (stereotyping here, I know, just trying to get my point across). Hope you like this one, it’s definitely an enjoyable experience!