Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.
As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to... See full summary »
In a middle school, Yoshioka liked Kou who was unlike the other boys and quite gentle. Kou then moved away and they lost contact but in high school she meets Kou again. But now, he is not the same person anymore.
A salesman named Kosuke Okuda happens to meet Mao Watarai,a friend from his middle school days. Back then, Mao was bullied, but now she is an attractive woman. Kosuke and Mao fall in love and decide to marry, but Mao has a secret.
A series of bombings occur and police track a lead, where they find the male protagonist Ichiro Suzuki and believe he is somehow involved. After psychiatric evaluation and rigorous ... See full summary »
The story follows a lonely, bookish bureaucrat who takes it upon himself to identify the body of a homeless man and his dog discovered on the outskirts of town following the melting of the snow.
While one element of this story plays tribute to Hachiko, the movie is essentially about relationships and the need to have purpose in one's life. The absence of either being the downfall of even the strongest character.
Similar to Requiem for a Dream or Spring Snow, the fate of the characters waxes and wanes with the seasons, beginning in spring and finally ending in winter.
We went and saw this at the cinema and by half way most of the audience were crying with one person openly sobbing. Such was the nature of the film however, that this was not out of place. Instead it added to emotional rawness and helped soften some of the more clichéd moments.
Overall, probably the most emotionally involved film I have seen all year, although you'll be pleased to note aside from the odd bit of dust in my eye I managed to keep it bottled up!
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