Bunny Drop, also known as Usagi Drop, is a 2011 Japanese drama film based on the manga of the same name by Yumi Unita. The film is directed by Sabu, and the screenplay was done by both Sabu and scriptwriter Tamio Hayashi. Bunny Drop stars actor Kenichi Matsuyama, who plays Daikichi, an office worker and a single man. Child actress Mana Ashida also plays Rin, a six-year-old illegitimate child of Daikichi's grandfather, in the film.
The film tells the story of Daikichi (played by Kenichi Matsuyama) - a 27-year-old single man. When he returned to his grandfather's funeral, he discovered he had an illegitimate daughter and her mother was unknown. Her name is Rin (Mana Ashida) and is only 6 years old. Everyone in the Daikichi family considered Rin a shame and no one wanted to adopt her. Annoyed by the attitude of everyone in the family, Daikichi decided to bring her back to live with him. But he had no experience in raising children and he soon realized how difficult it is to raise a child alone.
Kenichi Matsuyama is great as Daikichi, managing to retain a sense of proportion, apart from a few scenes where he becomes slightly hyperbolic. Matsuyama’s biggest trait in the film is that he manages to portray a number of different psychological statuses, in dramatic, comic, social or romantic scenes. His general appearance definitely helps him in this portrayal, particularly regarding the romantic aspect.
7-year-old Mana Ashida is the one who steals the show as Rin Kaga, with her performance setting the film apart from the plethora of similar productions. Her transformation from a neglected, eccentric child to a vivacious, extremely smart one is the highlight of a great performance that also highlights Sabu’s ability in directing children.
Hiro’o Yanagida cinematography is great, presenting impressive images in both the rural and the urban setting of the film, while his framing is truly impressive. Naoya Bando’s editing keeps the film flowing, occasionally giving it a sense of as if one is reading the pages of a manga. “Bunny Drop” is very easy to watch and a very entertaining movie, and that is where its virtues lie.