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Athlete: Ore ga kare ni oboreta hibi

Country: Japan, Language: Japanese, 85 mins

  • Director: Oe Takamasa
  • Writer: Yasutoshi Murakawa

CGiii Comment

What is it about Japanese gay-themed films...most them are centred around swimming pools!

We get it...boys in skimpies. It really is time to move on.

This an unpleasant tale...high-maintenance young man falls for older, closted, heterosexually-married, swimming coach who - in turn - becomes a little besotted with him...what makes it even more unpleasant is the acting.

To say that this film is a little rough around the edges would be an understatement, it's scrappy and much so, the urge to press the FF button was simply overwhelming!

This is Oe Takamasa's debut feature...much to learn!

No trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

"I want to live my life being me!"-A pure love story which pictures the world of LGBT. Kohei, a former competitive swimmer, lives an ordinary life with his wife and high school daughter, but one day, his wife suddenly asks him for a divorce. He then has a fateful encounter with a beautiful boy named Yutaka. Yutaka dreams of becoming an animator while working as an online chat boy. At the same time, he is struggling to tell his father that he is gay. They are both confused but eventually become attracted to each other. Then, they have sex. One day they make love, and the next day they hurt each other. Through these emotional ups and downs, their relationship grows deeper and deeper. But . . .

Cast & Characters

Joe Nakamura
Yoshiaki Umegaki