Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu (Be With You)

Be With You (いま、会いにゆきます, Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu, 2004), is a Japanese drama movie, directed by Nobuhiro Doi. It was adapted from a novel by Takuji Ichikawa.


Mio Aio's death leaves her husband Takumi and six year-old son Yuji to fend for themselves. Takumi is congenitally disorganized, suffers occasional fainting spells, and fears that his health compromised his dead wife's happiness. Yuji overhears relatives speculate that his own difficult delivery compromised Mio's health, and blames himself for his mother's death. Mio had left Yuji a picture book; in the book, Mio departs for a celestial body she calls "the Archive Star" but reappears in Japan during the following year's rainy season; turning the pages, Yuji eagerly awaits her return.

On a walk in the forest outside their house, Takumi and Yuji find a woman sheltered from the rain, and immediately accept her as Mio. She has no memory or sense of identity; she comes home to live with the father and son anyway. This new Mio asks Taku how they met and fell in love, and he recounts a tale of years of missed chances, beginning in high school and ending when she encouraged their marriage years later. As the rainy season draws to a close, Yuji discovers the "time capsule" he hid with his mother before her death. Mio's diary is inside, and its version of the Mio-Taku romance holds the answers to the mystery.


Be With You is a touching love story, which involves some unexplained supernatural situations like have some future visions, coming back to life for a while, etc. The way the story connects is smooth and viewers should be able to understand the whole story at the end. The movie shows how a mother’s love for her family when she knew that what would happen to her.

This movie has turned out one of my favorite one's, it really has an interesting and non-usual drama. I love its simplicity and poignancy, as well as the honesty in the way that the actors portrayed their characters. It's not the perfect movie in regards to plot, but the emotional impact it leaves behind is something that stays with you. It was also the first "pure love" Japanese movie I've seen, so I thought that it was a little premature to call this the best movie ever.


Yuko Takeuchi as Mio

Shido Nakamura (as Takumi)

Akashi Takei (as Yuuji)

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