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Wakaranai: Where Are You? (2009)

Yuto Kobayashi stars as a down-on-his-luck 16-year-old named Ryo Kawai. Ryo grew up fatherless, and has been trying to make a living by working at a local convenience store ever since his ... See full summary »

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Bengaru
Chinatsu Eguchi
Tokio Emoto
Masahiro Kiyota
Yuto Kobayashi
Sanae Miyata
Yoshihiro Okamura
Ryôsuke Suzuki
Ryûzô Tanaka
Kazue Tsunogae
Megumi Yokoyama
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Yuto Kobayashi stars as a down-on-his-luck 16-year-old named Ryo Kawai. Ryo grew up fatherless, and has been trying to make a living by working at a local convenience store ever since his mother was hospitalized with a prolonged illness. Unable to support himself on his meager earnings, he has to resort to sneaking money from the cash register and stealing rice balls to get by-a habit which eventually gets him fired. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, his mother dies and he's stuck with a hefty bill for the hospital and funeral expenses. Obviously unable to pay, but determined to send his mother off himself, Ryo steals her corpse and places it in a small rowboat. After the makeshift funeral ceremony, Ryo heads off to Tokyo on a journey to meet his absentee father. Written by Anonymous

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14 November 2009 (Japan)  »

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Again, almost perfect
9 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Kobayashi is building, little by little, at his own pace, great contemporary movies about real Japan. In some years, people will dedicate to him a deserved study, and will thank you him his showing to the rest of the world a REAL image of Japan. Thank you. I just recommend him to anyone interested in the Japanese quotidian life. The film locates somewhere in Tohoku, north Japan. The history of a boy who works in a convenience store, who has to steal to survive. All the society is against him. It should be noticed that Kobayashi has not built a singular history about him or "someone", is about all Japanese. The boy has problems that could have a solution, like in the rest of the civilized world, but the solutions don't appear because the country is coming back to under development of many things. The filming is slow, but beautiful. The mood is sad, but there is somewhere a strenght of which is made these people. Thank you again.


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