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Aoi haru (2001)

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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Freshman in Baseball Club
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Obake (Ghost)
Onimaru ...
Suzuki
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Nobuo Kyô
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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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29 June 2002 (Japan)  »

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Blue Spring  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

Ota: [after repeatedly asking Yukio to light his cigarette] FIRE.
Yukio: [pulls out knife] You wanna die?
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Version of Revolver - Aoi haru (2003) See more »

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Mona Lisa
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are you angst-ridden?
2 July 2003 | by 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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