Mixed Doubles (2017 film)

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Mixed Doubles
Mexican poster
Directed byJunichi Ishikawa
Produced byHiroaki Narikawa
Kei Kajimoto
Shinya Furugori
Written byRyota Kosawa
Starring
Music byKenichiro Suehiro
CinematographyAkira Sako
Distributed byToho (Japan)
ifilm (Taiwan)
Release date
October 21, 2017 (2017-10-21)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Mixed Doubles (ミックス, Mikkusu, "Mix") is a 2017 Japanese romantic comedy film. The second co-project of director Junichi Ishikawa and screenwriter Ryota Kosawa after the 2015 film April Fools, it stars Yui Aragaki and Eita.[1] It was released October 21, 2017.[2]

Plot[edit]

Tomita Tamako is a child table tennis prodigy. She has been undergoing vigorous table tennis training by her mom. But after her mom died, she quit the sport and never played again. She fell in love with her company's male table tennis player Ejima Akihiko. But Akihiko cheated on her when the company recruited a new female table tennis player, Airi Ogasawara, and they broke up. Dejected, she quit her job and returned to her hometown.

She then discovered that her father, a taxi driver, is deeply in debt. He asked her to help him out. She initially worked in a canned food factory but was soon fired for her clumsiness. Left with no other option, she took over the family's rundown table tennis club which only has five members. Meanwhile, Hagiwara Hisashi, a divorced former boxer, is working in construction nearby and he decided to take up table tennis and joined the club, because his daughter has taken up the sport.

In order to gain fame and recruit more members, Tamako decided to enter the national tournament. Tamako chose to enter Mixed Doubles as it is easier to win than singles. As the other members have found their partners Tamako is reluctantly paired with Hagi.

All 3 pairs suffered huge defeats in the regional tournament, but they vowed to continue training in order to play again one year later. They recruited the Chinese restaurant owners, who were China national table tennis team rejects, to help with their training. After months of intense training, Tamako and Hagi finally defeat the Chinese restaurant pair and are ready for the regional tournament.

Hagi's ex-wife and daughter turned up at the table tennis club and said they would like him to return and has found him a job. But the job interview is on the same date of the tournament. Realizing this is a chance for Hagi to re-establish his relationship with his family, Tamako decided not to join the tournament and went back to work in the canned food factory.

The other pairs, despite better performances, suffered defeats in the first rounds. Hagi sought out Tamako in the canned food factory, he told her his ex-wife and daughter already established new lives with another man and declared his love for her. The pair arrived at the tournament in time for their match. They advanced to the final and face Tamako's former boyfriend Ejima Akihiko and Airi Ogasawara. The match lasted until the last set when Ejima Akihiko won the match by a lucky reflex save.

Despite the loss, Tamako and Hagi found fame and the table tennis club turned into a hugely popular club.

Cast[edit]

  • Yui Aragaki plays Tamako Tomita (富田 多満子, Tomita Tamako), an ex-child table tennis prodigy, who grew up to despise the sport.
  • Eita plays Hisashi Hagiwara (萩原 久, Hagiwara Hisashi), nicknamed "Hagi" (ハギ), a former championship boxer who tries to play table tennis to cope his failure.
  • Ryōko Hirosue plays Yayoi Yoshioka (吉岡 弥生, Yoshioka Yayoi), Tamako's best friend.
  • Hayato Sano plays Yuma Sasaki (佐々木 優馬, Sasaki Yuma), a high school student that plays table tennis to avoid school.
  • Kenichi Endō plays Motonobu Ochiai (落合 元信, Ochiai Motonobu), a farmer who plays table tennis as a hobby.
  • Misako Tanaka plays Mika Ochiai (落合 美佳, Ochiai Mika), Motonobu's wife and also plays table tennis as a hobby.
  • Hiroyuki Morisaki plays Cho (, Zhang(Chinese)), a Sichuanese cook who was expelled from the prestigious Chinese table tennis team.
  • Yū Aoi plays Yo (, Yang(Chinese)), a Sichuanese worker who was expelled from the prestigious Chinese table tennis team along with Cho.
  • Yōko Maki plays Hanako Tomita (富田 華子, Tomita Hanako), Tamako's deceased mother and table tennis coach.
  • Fumiyo Kohinata plays Tatsuro Tomita (富田 達郎, Tomita Tatsuro), Tamako's father and a Taxi driver.
  • Koji Seto plays Akihiko Ejima (江島 晃彦, Ejima Akihiko), Tamako's ex-boyfriend.
  • Mei Nagano plays Airi Ogasawara (小笠 原愛莉, Airi Ogasawara), Akihiko's girlfriend.

Cameo roles[edit]

  • Kasumi Ishikawa as herself
  • Jun Mizutani as himself
  • Yui Hamamoto as Moe Matsuda (松田 萌絵, Matsuda Moe), a player from Yokohama Gakuen University
  • Maharu Yoshimura as Ryuji Tokushima (徳島 竜司, Tokushima Ryūji), a player from Yokohama Gakuen University
  • Mima Ito as Iroha Tadokoro (田所 いろは, Tadokoro Iroha), a player from Sagamihara First High School
  • Yuto Kizukuri as Seiya Higashi (東 聖哉, Higashi Seiya), a player from Sagamihara First High School

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Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Filming began mid-February, 2017 and finished late March 2017. [5]

Music[edit]

Shishamo sang the theme song of the film (ほら、笑ってる,。Hora, waratteru.) [6]

Reception[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Recipient
2018 60th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actress Won Yui Aragaki

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References[edit]

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  3. ^ "新垣結衣&瑛太、卓球男女混合ペアを結成!『ミックス。』". Fuji TV. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ "新垣結衣×瑛太「ミックス。」に水谷&石川ら現役卓球選手出演". Excite. 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  5. ^ "新垣結衣&瑛太、卓球男女混合ペアを結成!『ミックス。』". Fuji TV. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  6. ^ "SHISHAMOが映画「ミックス。」主題歌をシングルリリース、本日ラジオ初OA". natalie. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ "ブルーリボン賞「あゝ、荒野」が作品賞に、阿部サダヲ&新垣結衣も受賞". natalie.
  8. ^ "【ブルーリボン賞】主演女優賞・新垣結衣「えっ、何で受賞したんですか?」". Tokyo Sports. Retrieved 4 March 2018.

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