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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's very lonely and finds out people aren't anywhere near as friendly like she'd hoped.

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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'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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HUNGARIAN DANCE NO. 5 F-SHARP MINOR
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Little gem
30 December 2014 | by (Ancona, Italy) – See all my reviews

This movie felt like something unfinished. It surely deserved to be developed into something bigger. But what's there is fascinating, sweet, and somewhat unique. The way it portrays the first days of college for a girl who's alone in a big unknown city, with unfriendly and opportunist people, is just awesome. I really felt sorry for this cheerful, shy and friendly girl who couldn't manage to get a decent social relationship in this new environment. The lead actress was really good and always had that "sweet and awkward" aura that's just perfect for the character. Some great scenes in this movie, but who's familiar with the work of Shunji Iwai shouldn't be surprised about that: this guy can pull off memorable stuff.


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