6.7/10
244
3 user 6 critic

How to Become Myself (2007)

Ashita no watashi no tsukurikata (original title)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Megumi Satô, Tsugumi
Cold Fish (2010)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Yû Aoi, Anne Suzuki, Shôko Aida
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two seemingly innocent school kids are obsessed in fetishistic s&m games.

Director: Akihiko Shiota
Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Tsugumi, Kôta Kusano
Picnic (1996)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai
Stars: Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Koichi Hashizume
Nobody Knows (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura
Premonition (2004)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While stopped at a roadside phone booth for transmitting his work through the Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his ... See full summary »

Director: Norio Tsuruta
Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Noriko Sakai, Maki Horikita
Waterboys (2001)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process.

Director: Yuki Tanada
Stars: Yû Aoi, Mirai Moriyama, Pierre Taki
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Riko Narumi ...
Juri Oshima
Atsuko Maeda ...
Hinako Hanada
Mariko Ishihara ...
Satsuki Oshima
Yoshizumi Ishihara ...
Masashi Sugitani
Sôsuke Takaoka ...
Hiroyuki Tamura
Yoshimasa Kondô ...
Kenichi Furugaki
Kaoru Okunuki ...
Hinako's mother
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Koji Ueshima
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 April 2008 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

How to Become Myself  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sensitive and balanced look at teenage angst
10 March 2010 | by (DVD Times) – See all my reviews

How To Become Myself tackles a number of familiar teenage issues relating to bullying, self-worth and identity and inevitably runs the risk of talking down to its audience, over-dramatising the issues, smothering them in platitudes and wrapping them up with a neat instructive moral Jun Ichikawa however is far too good a director to allow that to happen.

Everything stems from a conversation that Juri has with her classmate Hinako on their last day of graduation from middle-school. Juri has been observing the vagaries of the unpredictable flow of popularity between her classmates as the years progress, with nerdy kids suddenly becoming cool and popular, while other normal outgoing girls start to become withdrawn, picked-upon and ostracised. Juri knows it's a balancing act and has to work hard to keep on the right side of friends, but finds it difficult all the same. Hinako is one of those girls however who has found it too much to deal with and has decided to move on to a different school. Considerate of the challenges her friend must face, even though she has her own difficulties to deal with both in school and in her family life, Juri anonymously sends e-mails and texts to Hinako to help her re-establish herself in her new life, while at the same time using the experience for a writing project.

While there certainly seem to be some concessions towards its younger audience, Juri in the process devising a kind of set of rules for survival through these difficult adolescent years, the director playing around with the screen format to for split screen effects and text message inserts, Ichikawa never resorts to platitudes, despite fears that might be generated by the film's English title. Certainly achievement of this aim is the film's object, but the director never allows the viewer to be fooled into thinking that following a set of rules is ideal or even easily achievable. The rules Juri devises are a good guideline that can make the path smoother, but even those are no guarantee that through them you'll be happy with yourself or even come to an understand who you really are – something that Juri herself, for all her seemingly perfect understanding of the world, comes to realise.

While these are indeed familiar issues, it's rare to see them treated so well, so realistically and with such sensitivity in the cinematic medium. Ichikawa, who similarly navigated the inexpressible sentiments of loss and loneliness in Tony Takitani though delicate camera movements and desaturated colouration, similarly allows mood, music and situation to express more than false drama or over-explanation, getting to the heart of the characters involved and the little dramas writ large that are their lives.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss How to Become Myself (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?