Blue Spring (2001)
"Aoi haru" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  29 June 2002 (Japan)
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A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.



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Credited cast:
Hirofumi Arai ...
Sôsuke Takaoka ...
Yusuke Oshiba ...
Yuta Yamazaki ...
Shûgo Oshinari ...
Takashi Tsukamoto ...
Freshman in Baseball Club
Obake (Ghost)
Onimaru ...
Kiyohiko Shibukawa ...
Leader of Rival School Gang (as Kee)
Kiosk Woman
Mame Yamada ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Genta Dairaku ...
Guidance Counselor
Erena ...
High-school girl
Nobuo Kyô


A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.

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2 July 2003 | by (NZ) – See all my reviews

mmmm, interesting. saw this & battale royale at a festival, and of the two, this was the more disturbing by far. it doesn't really matter that you don't actually see a student's groinal area getting tenderised with a baseball bat, or another student having a drink can wedged into his mouth before the gang leader stomps on his head - the screaming and the scattered teeth are enough. battale royale's camp qualities & tomato sauce (ketchup for US readers) undercut any identification with real, actual, terrorising highschool-type terror... i gather from this site that battale royale has not been released in the states. where are your priorities, o america fair?

anyway, this is supposedly a rant on blue spring. this girl is very, very glad she's not a student at a japanese highschool, it all seems awfully bleak and graffiti-covered. but fabulous to watch (and the failed baseball player is delicious, for those of you who like school uniforms.) it's occasionally emotive and over-played, but blue spring makes its points about adolescent (and adult) despair with economy and nice lighting. & i particularly liked the way the thrash japanese rock score sometimes plays in the characters' heads & drowns out any attempt at communication...

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