In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan, a single music store remains open, its proprietor insisting to his ... See full summary »
Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »
Tamako graduated from a university in Tokyo, but she now lives with her father back in Kofu. Tamako doesn't help her father or tries to get a job. She spends her time just eating and sleeping throughout the four seasons of the year.
Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »
A high school student named Yu has a crush on one of her classmates, Yosuke. The boy spends most of his time sitting outside and playing his guitar, and Yu sits nearby and listens. One day,... See full summary »
Suzume Katagura is a bored housewife who spends her days doing chores and taking care of her husband's pet turtle. One day she sees a wanted ad for spies. Hoping for some excitement she decides to give them a call.
Charm isn't such a bad quality -- and this film has it in abundance. While the Japanese approach to sexuality may be unfamiliar to western audiences, the onset of puberty and its hormonal hijinx is universal.
It's a simple story: An elementary school boy falls in love with a "mature" junior high school girl. There are some side stories about their respective families and friends but, in the long run, not much else happens. And that's just fine because the director and writer have chosen to focus on the kids and their experiences.
The young actors do excellent work -- utterly natural portrayals.
All told, a very enjoyable film.
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