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Like Grains of Sand (1995)

Nagisa no Shindobaddo (original title)
The movie is built around the very complex relationships between Yoshida, leaving Shimizu for Aihara (or at least he tries to), and his friend Ito, whose love for Yoshida seems to have ... See full summary »

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Yoshinori Okada ...
Shuji Ito
Ayumi Hamasaki ...
Kasane Aihara
Kouji Yamaguchi ...
Touru Kanbara
Kumi Takada ...
Ayako Shimizu
Shizuka Isami ...
Rika Matsuo
Kôta Kusano ...
Hiroyuki Yoshida
Yoshihiko Hakamada ...
Bang-ho Cho ...
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Miyako Yamaguchi ...
Ms. Yoshida
Toshie Negishi ...
Ms. Nezu
Kunio Murai ...
Shuji's Father
Hiroko Anzai
Kenichiro Samejima
Kazumi Ikeda
Chiharu Ishikawa ...
Noriko Yoshida
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The movie is built around the very complex relationships between Yoshida, leaving Shimizu for Aihara (or at least he tries to), and his friend Ito, whose love for Yoshida seems to have little chance for success. In the end we have a coalition of Ito and Aihara - who may or may not be in love with Ito - teaching Yoshida a lesson. Written by Anonymous

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Must have an understanding of Japanese culture/film to enjoy
28 March 2006 | by (Harrow, London) – See all my reviews

A stunning and thoughtful observation on modern life for youngsters in Japan, Like Grains of Sand delves into issues such as rape, homosexuality and pubescent angst in a subtle and significant way. It gives an insight in to the youth culture struggling to define itself outside of the bounds of their parent's generation, with it's strict conformity and facade. Typical to Japanese cinema, often what isn't said is more important that what is, so to those not versed in Japanese film and culture, beware. It can seem dull and minimalistic (pretty much like every film to come out of Japan bar Mangas) if you don't know what to look for. I saw it for the first time when I was 15 and was what originally sparked my interest in Japan, it's culture and language. Considering I'm now 22 and learning Japanese with the intention of living there for 2 years, needless to say it's a powerful film. Enjoy!


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