Watching Mao Inoue in Rebirth will make you appreciate how much she has grown as an actress. As a result of her moving performance, the Japanese Academy Prize’s Best Actress was awarded to her. While many of Mao’s fans started following her after Hana Yori Dango (Boys over Flowers) and her much-adored team up with Jun Matsumoto, there are fans who believed she should be recognized more for her team-up with Masaki Okada.
This is quite apparent after the huge success of their movie, I Give My First Love to You. Aside from the realistic portrayal of both Inoue and Okada as ill-fated lovers, many viewers (included this author) think they are an awesome love team!