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Give It All (1998)

Ganbatte ikimasshoi (original title)
Etsuko - a typical Japanese high school student, who's unlucky in love, an academic failure, and plain bored with life. That's until one day, the view of a boat gliding gracefully in the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Rena Tanaka ...
Etsuko Shinomura
Mami Shimizu ...
Atsuko Nakazaki
Wakana Chizaki ...
Rie Yano
Kirina Mano ...
Taeko Kikuchi
Emu Hisazumi ...
Mayumi Nakaura
Tomoko Nakajima ...
Akiko Irie
Ryôko Moriyama ...
Satoko Shinomura
Hakuryû ...
Kensaku Shinomura
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Yoshiki Arizono ...
Koike (Teacher of Math)
Bengaru ...
Teacher of Iyo Higashi High (20 years after)
Daisuke Honda ...
Shunji Yasuda
Akio Jô ...
Kumada
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Station worker in Minatoyama Station
Masatoshi Matsuo ...
Hiroshi Sekino
Reiko Matsuo ...
Sumiko Shinomura
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Etsuko - a typical Japanese high school student, who's unlucky in love, an academic failure, and plain bored with life. That's until one day, the view of a boat gliding gracefully in the sea inspires her to take up the oar. Since she's rejected by her school's all-male rowing team, she decides to form her own all-women team. Nothing will ever be the same again. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Quiet Charm
16 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. Who can't identify with Etsuko, a teenager overshadowed by a brilliant older sister, ignored by her parents, and derided by her teachers? Yet nothing will crush her strong spirit. Even with anemia and back problems she manages to form a competent girl's rowing team in her school.

The other characters are not quite as strongly developed, but they all struggle and grow in the film. I was rooting for them all the way. The end of the movie was just perfect, too. There is nothing contrived or mawkish about this movie at all - it's simply wonderful!


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