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Natsu jikan no otonatachi (1997)

Takashi and four of his classmates, fourth-grade students, cannot succeed in doing a back pullover around a horizontal bar. Their gym teacher warns them: they have one week to succeed; if ... See full summary »

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Hidaka Yoshitomo ...
Takashi
Nagi Noriko ...
Junko
Maki Ishikawa ...
Hiroko
Hiroko Taguchi ...
Tomoko
Rina Komuro ...
Kazumi
Fumiya Ôgane ...
Tôru
Hironobu Mori ...
Shigeru
Airin Aoki ...
Kiyomi Yasuno
Toshikazu Suzuki ...
Class Representative
Masayuki Itô ...
Teacher Kimura
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High School Girl
Chiharu Kamiko ...
Delinquent High School Girl
Ikuko Kinoshita ...
Delinquent High School Girl
Chigusa Shimamura ...
Natsuko
Tatsuya Irie ...
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Takashi and four of his classmates, fourth-grade students, cannot succeed in doing a back pullover around a horizontal bar. Their gym teacher warns them: they have one week to succeed; if they resign now, then, tomorrow, facing life difficulties, they will always run away and become bums. Furthermore, all five must succeed, if one of them cannot do it, then all of them fail. Takashi is really worried and wonders if he won't be always the looser who couldn't succeed in the back pullover bar exercise. Written by Laurent Ziliani <ziliani@hotmail.com>

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A beautiful film!
2 October 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Happy-Go-Lucky" is one of my favourite films from the 1998 Toronto Film Festival. I still can't believe it hasn't been released in North America yet.

The film is centered around a young boy and his dysfunctional family. From his slutty sister, to his father who is never around, to his mother who has to bare with it all. The boy is also a kind of misfit in school. He is one of five students in the class who can't do a simple exercise in gym class and are forced to practise for days to get it right. The film is filled with beautiful imagery and ponders the questions of life many young children ask themselves. Like why do people who get constantly bullied, bully others when they get the chance?

The movie is also a love story between the boy and a girl who has to go through the grueling practices after school with him. There are moments in this film that are simply unforgettable and really make you think afterwards. I really can't tell you in words how remarkable this movie is.

"Happy-Go-Lucky" is an amazing achievement and a touching story that will stay with me forever. So, if you ever hear this movie is playing near you, go out of your way to watch it.


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