In April 1895, the talented young Rentaro Taki comes to Tokyo from his home in Kyushu to enrol in the prestigious National Academy of Music. Hoping to become a pianist, he meets another student there, Yuki Nakano, who shares the same aspirations. With his elder classmate Suzuki's encouragement, Rentaro practices furiously to perfect his technique, but loses his health in the process. Over the years, his health, as well as his devotion to and achievement level in music, fluctuates, as two friends adjust to the varying roles they can each potentially play in his life. Yuki receives the Japanese government's first music scholarship to study in Berlin. At the same time, Rentaro composes wonderful music and songs like Bloom in the Moonlight which are still very popular in today's Japan, while Suzuki quits the music school and becomes a hard labourer due to family crisis. Two years later, Rentaro obtained the same scholarship and went to Leipzig. He reunites with Yuki in Berlin and ... Written by
L.H. Wong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The story of Rentaro Taki, based on a real-life story, tells of the man credited for first setting music to modern notation. At first awed by the notion of composing, he eventually became incredibly prolific; his story also becomes a story of modern music in Japan.
This account is formal, sweet, and at times melodramatic. While it's primarily a women's story, the story itself is likely to be fascinating to fans of modern popular music, providing an unexpected point of view. The tale can be a bit over-sincere at times, but it's at its best when it sticks close to the facts and adopts a more documentary tone. In fact, this would have made a fascinating documentary - but that's for another filmmaker.
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