Boys Love (ボーイズ ラブ, Bōizu Rabu) refers to two Japanese films both directed by Kōtarō Terauchi and both starring Yoshikazu Kotani. The films are inspired by boys' love manga and anime. The story has also been adapted into a manga by shōjo manga artist, Kaim Tachibana. The manga is also entitled Boys Love
The first film, titled simply Boys Love, was released directly to DVD on November 24, 2006. Due to the commercial success of the first movie, Terauchi was invited to direct a new version of his film to be released on theatres in 2007 as Boys Love theatrical edition (also known as Boys Love, the Movie).
Boys Love, the first film released in 2006, tells the story of Taishin Mamiya, a magazine editor who meets and interviews a young model, Noeru Kisaragi, and becomes attracted to him. Their love, however, is forbidden. The tagline of the movie is "All we did was love each other, but...our love is forbidden. Why is it a 'sin'"?
Just doing his job, magazine editor Taishin Mamiya (Yoshikazu Kotani) interviews high school model Noeru Kisaragi (Takumi Saito). Despite Noeru's bad attitude, an enchanting picture of the ocean he draws leads Mamiya to invite him out for dinner after-wards. They connect at the restaurant, but while in the bathroom there Noeru solicits Mamiya sexually. The next morning, Noeru's office calls the magazine office where Mamiya works. "Your editor was rude. Have him come and apologize." When Mamiya goes to Noeru's house to deliver the apology, he sees Noeru with a dirty-looking man. Mamiya is shocked to discover at that moment that his interest in Noeru goes beyond article research—he truly wants to know more about him.
Boys Love, the Movie (Japanese: BOYS LOVE 劇場版) also known as Boys Love gekijouban, released in 2007, was created in response to the commercial success of 2006's Boys Love. Also directed by Kōtarō Terauchi and starring Yoshikazu Kotani. However the remaining cast for this second film is all new. The slightly-different characters in the new film are defined better. The main differences in plot involve the actions of the roommate with glasses, the cause and aftermath of a rape, and of course the ending. The DVD for Boys Love, the Movie was released in 2009 under the title Schoolboy Crush (not to be confused with the similarly-titled 2004 gay adult film Schoolboy Crush directed by Bryan Philips on Cobra Video starring Brent Corrigan and Brent Everett).
Kairo Aoi (Yoshikazu Kotani) teaches at a prestigious boarding school. One day, after a falling out with his girlfriend, he meets a young guy who provides him comfort and consolation during his time of need. Soon after that, a new student, Sora (Atsumi Kanno), transfers into his class, and is the same boy he had encountered before. Kairo tries to put the past behind him and keep their relationship a secret, but Sora is not about to let go easily. Kairo tries to keep Sora away from him but they eventually become a couple.
The story has been adapted into a manga by shōjo manga artist, Kaim Tachibana. The manga is also entitled Boys Love.