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April Story (1998)
"Shigatsu monogatari" (original title)

 -  Romance  -  14 March 1998 (Japan)
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In spring, a girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo. Once there, she is asked to reveal why she wanted to go there in the first place.

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Takako Matsu ...
Nireno, Uzuki
Seiichi Tanabe ...
Yamazaki
Kaori Fujii ...
Kitao, Teruko
Rumi ...
Saeko Sono
Kazuhiko Kato ...
Kato
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Salaryman Fu no Otoko
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 ...
Shoji
Tsunekazu Umeda ...
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In spring, a girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo. Once there, she is asked to reveal why she wanted to go there in the first place. Written by Anonymous

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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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HUNGARIAN DANCE NO. 5 F-SHARP MINOR
Music by Johannes Brahms
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a wonderful slow paced movie
23 November 2002 | by (Innsbruck, Austria) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie for everybody. It is very slow-paced and takes a long time to establish its main characters, their behavior and their feelings to each other. The movie observes the first days of a young Japanese girl after she has moved from Hokkaido, the Japanese equivalent of Kansas, to Tokyo to attend University. At first the girl is very insecure and nervous about her new situation, but gradually she becomes more secure and falls in love with a fellow student. That's all the Plot there is, but this movie is not about a big story, it is about a person. Over the course of the movie we feel and share the girls insecurities, loneliness and finally opening up. Seldom has a movie so masterfully and with so much passion for its characters captured the problems of leaving home, being lonely in a unknown mega city and to be for the first time on one's own feet. I can fully recommend this movie for everybody who likes films about life and people, that move at life's speed.


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