Homo sapiens evolve as some believe and so can love. You will be able to stay connected and hear one, whether alive or dead if you listen hard enough, the “shaman” lady says. Ken’ichi Matsuyama pulled through his role effortlessly in this quirky love story and even though the somehow clueless plot may leave one scratching the head at times, it’s inviting with the serene setting of the Aomori prefecture and the charm of the gregarious and sometimes hyperactive children. I especially enjoyed the short walk and dialogue between Yojin, Ken’ichi’s role and Kaname, the headless ex lover of Yojin’s desired beau; a surrealistic depiction of an existentialist encounter. For that, I prefer its title “Bare Essence of life” to the cheesy translation “Ultra miracle love story“. Looking forward to Ken’ichi latest treat, the “Norwegian Wood“.