Paradise Kiss (2011): Live Action!Movie Review


Yukari Hayasaka (Keiko Kitagawa) is a high school student who has become tired of her life of constant schooling. She then comes across a group of student fashion designers in need of a model for their “Paradise Kiss” clothing label. Yukari knows nothing about the fashion world and is taken back by the group’s eccentric ways, but she soon comes to admire their free thinking ways and ability to pursue their dreams with a one track mind .(source: Asiawiki)



Paradise Kiss (2011) is a fashion , romance and school life kind of film.It was an adaptation of a manga series  written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. Identity crisis is usually a struggle for most of high school student. It’s very important to a person to know where you’re heading and be driven in living life.  That happened here to our main protagonist Yukari Hayasaka. Paradise Kiss will transform her life into a butterfly.


The story focuses on the mundane life of Yukari Hayasaka as a senior high school student whose always under the decisions of her mother and the Paradise Kiss Team who are are very passionate about their art and craft for fashion.  Paradise Kiss needs Yukari to become their model for their graduation fashion show so that started it all.



I am not expecting any special effects here because it’s not a science fiction movie. What I love about is the studio location of Paradise kiss. I didn’t notice any special techniques use in transition of scenes.


  • Yukari’s house
  • George’s Condo unit
  • Yazademy Art University
  • Paradise Kiss Studio
  • New York
  • Runway Event

Comments and Suggestions:

The cold hearted and dull Mayama in Honey and Clover turned into a daring and genius fashion designer George in Paradise Kiss. I am talking about OSAMU MUKAI. He’s one of my most liked Japanese actors. It’s the reason why I watched this movie.

I know “Paradise Kiss” is an anime series. I thought it was a hentai  anime so I didn’t bother to watch out for it. Then I saw the live action movie trailer, the story seemed to be interesting as I discovered that it’s about fashion dream in Japanese perspective. So, I think it’s better to try watching the live action rather than the anime for the reality vibes. I never read the MANGA nor watch the anime. Everything is fresh for me upon watching the movie so I don’t have this high expectation unlike other people who also happens to be fanatics of the manga.  I read some comments from fans that the manga is sexier than the movie. That made them mad about the film. Aww? Haha! How about this?

Now, I am going straight with the Paradise Kiss story. George appeared to be scary to Yukari in the first time seeing him. She described him as someone who will wreck her life. That means George must have a scary aura. It was not really given justice by Osamu Mukai playing it because his face is more of a good boy type. I’ve seen the anime character George. I would suggest JANG GEUN SUK (Korean actor) to play George’s role because his looks is more appropriate in my opinion.

On the other hand, Yukari played by Keiko seemed to be right.  Keiko looks like Ellen Adarna (Filipina Model). She’s pretty and stunning. The character of Yukari is relative for and a dream to some young women. Yukari’s life was changed by Paradise Kiss. (Paradise Kiss by the way is the name of their clothing line.)

That’s how I see the main point of the story all about.   “You don’t know yourself!” is the usual phrase Yukari is hearing from people. It made her reflect to herself about it too. There came George to help her in that part.

Who’s better for Yukari? George or Hiroyuki? (Romance Part). Here’s my answer: YukarixGeorge!!!

I ship Yukari and George because their relationship is MAGIC. It seemed surreal for some people. In the movie, they made it happen. I am happy with that. 😉 On the other guy’s role,  Hiroyuki is the first love of Yukari. They are always together since they are classmates but Hiroyuki was so dense to make Yukari think she’s suffering in UNREQUITED LOVE for 3 years.

Hiro and Yukari : only friends in live action.

Yes, He’s always there but Yukari bloomed after meeting George and getting involved with Paradise Kiss. That made her unleash her identity, be a supermodel and successful in life.  I remember George wear the Blue butterfly ring to Yukari and said “Be like one…”

George believed in Yukari. George’s aggressiveness pushed Yukari.  She learned not to walk proper but to walk with her own style. If Yukari will just end up with Hiroyuki, She’ll be just an ordinary housewife instead of this famous supermodel. That’s regretful right? So who will you choose for her then?

Overall, I was entertained watching Paradise Kiss.  I love the variety of  personalities in the Paradise Kiss Club..<3

Paradise Kiss is  about chasing dreams and defining your identity. I want to recommend this movie for fashion enthusiast out there to not be easily discouraged if their design doesn’t market well because there’s  a place for everyone in this world at the right timing.

Rating: 7 out of 10


20 thoughts on “Paradise Kiss (2011): Live Action!Movie Review

      1. Haha! Yep.. I understand. I actually prefer anime most of the time than live actions. But I don’t have time to watch anime series so… ayun.. recently I watched lovely complex live action…. but I recommend kimi ni todoke.. ❤ 😉

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  1. OMG it made me laugh when you said you you thought Parakiss was a hentai! I see hwere you got the idea.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to get hold of a subtitle in the UK, because the anime really is AMAZING. It genuinely is one of the most realistic looks at relationships I’ve seen in anything.

    I couldn’t tell from your review, but did we still have a trans character in the live action. We did in the anime (i struggle to remember her name) and that was pretty revolutionary

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    1. Hi there! Did I make you laugh about that? Haha! I haven’t seen the anime. I read there are more amazed with the anime and so they are disappointed with the live action. Yes there is. Her name is “Isabella” and has curly locks. 😀 My review is more focus on yukari and george. Haha! XD Thanks for your comment btw.. ❤


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