24-year-old Yoshika has long left school, but after all those years she still harbours an all-consuming crush on her former classmate Ichimiya (who she affectionately refers to as ‘One’). When she goes on a few dates with co-worker Ni (or ‘Two’) and the pair clearly hit it off, Yoshika still can’t shake off her obsession with her idealised memory of ‘One’. After a near death experience involving a blanket and a heater, a newly-determined Yoshika decides to organise a class reunion in the hopes that ‘One’ will show up. As the plan plays out, it begins to dawn on her just how deep into her own fantasy world she has disappeared.
Some films demand a great central performance to really push everything to the next level. Thankfully Tremble All You Want has that… and then some. Mayu Matsuoka delivers a star-making term as Yoshika, in a complex role that requires everything from long stretches of quiet awkwardness to hyperactive singing and dancing. Yoshika is the ever-present force of nature in this witty, playful and intelligent twist on your usual rom-com. With lively direction from Akiko Ohku and a quirky tone reminiscent of gems like 2006’s Memories of Matsuko, Tremble All You Want brings viewers on a whirlwind tour through the mind of an exhilaratingly unreliable narrator.
Dir: Akiko Ohku
Starring: Mayu Matsuoka, Daichi Watanbe, Takumi Kitamura, Anna Ishib