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Shigatsu monogatari (1998)

In spring, a girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo. Once there, she's very lonely and finds out people aren't anywhere near as friendly like she'd hoped.

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Nireno, Uzuki
Seiichi Tanabe ...
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Kaori Fujii ...
Kitao, Teruko
Rumi ...
Saeko Sono
Kazuhiko Kato ...
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Ken Mitsuishi ...
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Yôsuke Eguchi ...
Tatsuya Ishii ...
Akechi Mitsuhide
Masatô Ibu ...
Saito Toshizo
Yoshiro Matsumoto ...
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Noriko Fujima ...
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Somegorô Ichikawa ...
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Kio Matsumoto ...
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Sansei Shiomi ...
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Tsunekazu Umeda ...
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In spring, a girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo. Once there, she's very lonely and finds out people aren't anywhere near as friendly like she'd hoped. Written by davidrf

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In the opening scene, the family who are seeing off Takako Matsu's character are the actress' real family. They include her father Koshiro Matsumoto, a film and kabuki actor; mother Noriko Matsumoto, a former actress; brother Ichikawa Zengoro VII, a kabuki actor and her elder sister Kiyo Matsumoto. See more »

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References A River Runs Through It (1992) See more »

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HUNGARIAN DANCE NO. 5 F-SHARP MINOR
Music by Johannes Brahms
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there's always poetry when a child becomes a woman...
16 July 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This was my third Shunji Iwai experience...richer than 'Picnic' and far richer than 'Undo'...once you get a glimpse of the artist you already know what to expect...beyond lyrical brilliance there's always a sense of sadness in a way that never really meets the eye...maybe is the music (classical masterpieces wonderfully chosen) or maybe is the loneliness of the characters depicted in a very personal manner...the fact that remains is you can not pass-by such movies w/o being deeply touched in a cathartic way... I somehow knew what to expect from 'April Story'....I have to admit that i red some of the comments posted here prior to seeing the film...and i went seeing it with some preconceived ideas on my mind...and nevertheless i was utterly satisfied...because the master done it again...but take my advice and go see that movie w/o knowing anything about it...it's deeper than a symphony and far insightful than an exhibition...and it's an exceptionally vibrant homage to whatever being a pure woman represents....highly reccomended...9/10


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