This live-action film adaptation of Shohei Manabe's Smuggler manga is not to be missed! Ryosuke Kinuta is a failed actor with big time debts. His loan shark scores him a gig smuggling dead ... See full summary »
At an all female high school, a senior of the radio club becomes fascinated with the club's newest member. As graduation nears and the summer heat rises, so does the sexual tension between the girls. (Japanese with English subtitles).
Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up absurd in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid... See full summary »
After 5 years in Tokyo, 5 part-time jobs, 5 boyfriends, Sawako's life is going nowhere. When her father gets seriously ill she have to take over his struggling factory. Gradually she becomes the decider of her own life.
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Tomoko is sick and tired of her relationship with unpopular talented writer Shingo, who is married and has children. Tomoko then enters into a sexual relationship with younger man Ryota, but Tomoko is still not satisfied.
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This is a somewhat atmospheric film which explores the budding love between two young women in Japan. The pace is low till about the middle then picks up. The story is about Haru (the versatile and terrific Hikaru Mitsushima, who was memorable in Sono's "Love Exposure), who meets up with Riko (Eriko Nakamura, also very good) in a café and they explore a relationship which is at times tentative, frustrating but, ultimately, very believable. Haru's dead end relationship with a guy however doesn't immediately make her succumb to Riko's charms, which I think is probably the best thing about the film. Its a wonder not more films explore the nature of uncertainty in love and affection like this one. That the film has no intentions of being preachy or politically correct is also a minor revelation. Both actresses have bright futures in film if they stick to challenging roles like this, and director Momoko Ando's craft is also not only obvious but refreshing. I recommend this film, its truly a worthwhile slice of life.
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