This is a rare gem. The feature film debut of director Nobuhiro Suwa. It's a no-budget, mostly improvised slice of emotionally repressed life which observes a young couple for a short period of time as they struggle to communicate. I wouldn't say things are going badly for them at this particular point in their lives, they seem very much in love, but the relationship is uncomfortable. A small, quiet film with characters that seem overflowing with histories right when we meet them.
Bin Hyeon will blow your mind as a gigolo. At first I didn't think he was going to get past an attempt at caricature, but then he absolutely owns the role, reaching a Javier Bardem level of suave. When he gets to the "This man used my fork" line, all bets are off. It's an amazing performance.
When it comes to the kissing scene at the end, if you think it's too long you haven't enjoyed the movie. If you think it's touching and warm, the film worked for you. As far as I'm concerned, it could have been twice as long. Watch Tang Wei deliver a workshop on how to act with the tips of your fingers. She's a talented actress.
If a film about an anime otaku porn star is a deal breaker, it's a deal breaker. So this is a guilty pleasure because it's played so well by the two leads. I knew I was going to like Lulu early on when, breaking away from her virgin shoot she runs to a corner of the room and ends up awkwardly unable to embrace a standing clothes closet. The last twenty minutes are terrible and silly, but everything up to that point is rather endearing. And it's got Makiko Wantanabe, as Lulu's sexually profligate mom.