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Manatsu Hayashi
Arata Iura ...
Keiichi hirasawa (as Arata)
Yûta Kanai ...
Tamotsu ohno
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Yûichi Kimura
Yû Koyanagi
Yutaka Matsushige
Kaori Mizushima
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Osamu Mukai
Hiroo Ohtaka
Misako Renbutsu
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Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) in Hokkaido, Japan. Her father Kemimichi (Arata) once planted a dogwood tree in their garden after he found out he had a terminal disease and could not watch Sae grow up. She hopes to enter a university in Tokyo. She then meets Kouhei (Toma Ikuta), who attends a specialized high school teaching fishery. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a fisherman. These two young people meet and have a long distance relationship. Although their love is strong it does not last. 10 years later these two people have a miracle ... (Source: Asian Wiki)

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Just loved it!
21 April 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

After watching a lot of Japanese romances, finally this one managed to touch me. All it takes is a simple script, beautiful acting and beautiful Hokkaido landscapes.

Sae lives in a small town in Hokkaido, she is hardworking and ambitious, trying to get into a university in Tokyo. She meets Kohei, a local boy who is training to be a fisherman. Even though their backgrounds are very different, they fall in love. The circumstances separate them and they have to struggle to keep their love alive.

For me, the best part of the movie was the beginning, when Sae and Kohei meet and gradually fall in love. It was innocent and sweet, a beautiful portrait of two teenagers in love. As the story continues, the plot either progresses too slowly, or has some far-fetched twists (like the almost-meeting in Canada), so the film is mostly kept together by the performances.

Tôma Ikuta gives a brilliant performance as Kohei. Sweet and lovable, hopelessly in love, a child facing adult decisions and responsibilities. He makes you smile and he makes you cry. Yui Aragaki was cute too, but definitely overshadowed by Ikuta.

I can't say it was flawless, but if you are a fan of Japanese romance, or even just romance actually, this is a must-see. And be ready for some tears and lots of "oh how cute..."!


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