One day after school, the serious Ito and the child-like Nishi meet by chance, as each endeavors to remain walking on the sidewalk`s white line. As time goes by, Ito recognizes he is drawn to Nishi in a way that is new to him. Nishi, for his part, is frustrated that they only get to meet on the sidewalk. Ito decides to act upon his feelings and kisses a surprised Nishi, who agrees they need to walk side by side for a change. The sparks between them are undeniable as their relationship blossoms in high school, survives the college years, and matures into adulthood. A deeply moving work that bears witness to loving partners, whose unchanging feelings must co-exist within a world of changing realities. Edit Translation
- Native Title: Life 線上の僕ら ディレクターズカット版
- Also Known As: Life on the Line , Life~Love on the Line , Life: Love on the Line , Life: Happiness Depends on Ourselves , Life Is What We Make of It , Life ~ Love on the Line , Life Senjou no Bokura: Director's Cut
- Director: Ninomiya Takashi
- Genres: Romance, Life, Youth, Family
Where to Watch Life: Love on the Line (Director's Cut)
Cast & Credits
What a difference an extra 10 minutes can makeWhether you've watched the original mini-series or if you're considering checking out this version, look no further because this is the version you should watch if you can. Why?
1) Because this version has the entire content of the original mini-series. Not a single scene or dialogue or soundtrack has been changed or omitted. So, if you watch this version you'll miss nothing from the original mini-series. The only difference for those who watched the mini-series is that you will become extremely well-versed with the opening and ending theme songs because you'd have heard them 4 times within the 4 short episodes, while in this movie they only turn up once.
2) There is a 2-minute extra scene in this Director's Cut [it's at the 1:02:06 to 1:03:58 mark] not in the mini-series which provides additional context and explanation to the decision and action of one of the main leads.
3) There is an extra 8-minute ending in this Director's Cut which isn't featured in the mini-series. The extra 8 minutes were really what the whole show needed to round it off properly. The original mini-series felt a bit too rushed and cut-short at the end and while I still loved it, the ending never really properly satisfied me. But here... what a difference an extra 8 minutes made.
Personally for me, this show is the most balanced and complete BL show I've ever seen so far. I really liked it for its adorable beginning and subsequent realistic depth of struggle. It provided an introduction to our main characters from an early part of their life, and it tracked the growth of their relationship throughout the years that followed.
The show also efficiently depicted their ups and downs, whether it be internal insecurities, societal & familial pressure to conform, and the hurt and pain of bad decisions and mistakes. It's actually a surprisingly realistic and reflective representation of the everyday normal pressures of the average LGBT person living in society.
There are also not many BL shows where one can truly visualise or see the couple really outlasting the distance but here, it's all that and more. The ending here is one of the most satisfying endings ever and it will leave you with tears in your eyes but with a smile on your face.
Both actors did well in their roles but I was particularly impressed with Shirasu Jin in his portrayal of Itou Akira in this show. Itou Akira had the heavier weight and the bigger character development & personal growth in the show and I'm so glad Shirasu Jin was able to wonderfully portray Akira's nervousness, fears, anxieties, worries, sadness, pain, joy and happiness (it had not escaped my notice that all of Akira's biggest smiles were for Yuki) all in the right place and time.
Can I just say that I LOVED the soundtrack in this show. Some scenes were made extra memorable simply because they came paired with an amazing and catchy song whose lyrics were also very meaningful and fitting for the occasion. To me, the music score was one of the best things in this film, along with the story itself.
Considering that this Director's Cut is just under 2 hours long this movie is so very easily rewatchable.
But it's ultimately the realistic, moving and heart-warming love story, and the lovely couple, that really keeps me coming back to it again and again and again.
One of a kind - The only one, perhaps!This has to be one of the most realistic BL/LGBT storylines I have ever seen. Life Senjou no Bokura is real, passionate, and suffocating at times for showing reality of what happens when people are unable to come to terms for who they are and succumb to pressure of their society and culture. The story felt new, it is not something very unique, but it is not ordinary either. It warms your heart, it brings you happiness, and it brings you love. Life on Line is going to be in my memory for a very long time.
Story revolves around two naive reclusive teenagers Yuki and Akira, at their 16. They meet while walking on a road surface marking, thinking of it as a bridge, they must stay on line to avoid different challenges that lies underneath that bridge in a fictional world of their game. As fate would have it, the two met while playing the same game and Akira fell in love at first sight with young Yuki. The two would wait for each other after school on the same line, but for Akira it was all about seeing Yuki's face. Confused by how he feels about Yuki, he ends up refusing the most popular girl and kisses Yuki.
The two then embark on a secret journey of love together crossing their teens. Deepened in love as ever, the pressure of society, starts to effect Akira that pushes Yuki into abyss. While sorting out his worries at job and home, Akira breaks up with Yuki, as he would not be able to give the life Yuki wanted. Though Akira's love for Yuki, never faltered, never lessened, in fact it was just too much to handle for Akira.
Akira then marries the same popular girl, and transit to a "normal world" but a gap left by Yuki could not be filled by any normality. While Yuki went through hell and heartbreak, Akira realises his mistake and comes out to his family in an emotional confrontation and divorces his wife.
After three years of search for Yuki, Akira decided to put a sorrow end by going to a place, Yuki once asked Akira to visit together - to see aurora. While watching the aurora he meets Yuki there, angry and hurt he forgives Akira, after a fistful confrontation and emotional reunion. Akira promise to stay by Yuki's side forever.
Yuki is graciously accepted by Akira's family. The two move in together and lives ordinary life going through all the challenges together. Akira registers Yuki into his household and they legally become family.
At 85, Yuki, who has become Ituo Yuki, wears two rings and while in a hospital bed, he awaits happily to reunite with Akira. Quietly leaving the hospital, looking as if he has just turned 16, Yuki starts walking on a very same road surface marking that lead them to each other in first place. At the end of a line, Akira embraces Yuki, and they both went on to live for eternity.
Shirasu Jin as Akira and Raiku as Yuki, were out of this world in their roles. I can not criticise, it was acting done right in their respective roles. All other supporting characters, shined as well.
Oh... I love the music given by band Ryu Matsuyama, all of the songs are mellow and with pop touch, my favourite are "Go Through, Grow Through", "Love is Coming Home", and "No Better Place (inst)".
Rewatch value: 100/10
This is one of the series/film you can watch to warm your heart. It has heart wrenching moments, happy moments, reality moments, lovely moments and an ending that breaks your heart in a happy way and you still want to to see them. It is one of those stories, that starts with clean slate and ends with clean slate. A proper start, and a proper end.