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Ryo Asai (based on the novel by)
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11 August 2012 (Japan) See more »
A story about the disappearance of Kirishima, a star athlete of the volleyball club and how this disappearance of his affect every person in his school. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Ryoya Maeda
Ai Hashimoto ... Kasumi Higashihara

Suzuka Ohgo ... Aya Sawashima
Masahiro Higashide ... Hiroki Kikuchi
Kurumi Shimizu ... Mika Miyabe
Mizuki Yamamoto ... Risa
Mayu Matsuoka ... Sana
Motoki Ochiai ... Ryuta
Kôdai Asaka ... Tomohiro
Tomoya Maeno ... Takefumi
Nobuyuki Suzuki ... Kubo
Takemi Fujii ... Shiori
Taiga ... Fuusuke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isao Enomoto ... Hino
Hideto Iwai ... Katayama
Shigeru Oxe (as Shigeru Okuse)

Directed by
Daihachi Yoshida 
Writing credits
Ryo Asai (based on the novel by)

Kôhei Kiyasu (screenplay) &
Daihachi Yoshida (screenplay)

Produced by
Hiroyasu Asami .... executive producer
Yoko Edami .... producer
Tatsuro Hatanaka .... executive producer
Fumihiro Hirai .... executive producer
Ken Hironaka .... executive producer
Masahiko Ibaraki .... executive producer
Katsu Kamikura .... co-executive producer
Kazuhisa Kitajima .... producer
Hiroshi Miyazaki .... executive producer
Naoyuki Nakano .... line producer
Seiji Okuda .... executive producer
Takahiro Satô .... producer
Naoki Suganuma .... executive producer
Masahiko Takahashi .... assistant producer
Nobuya Wazaki .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tatsuo Kondô 
Cinematography by
Ryûto Kondô 
Film Editing by
Mototaka Kusakabe 
Casting by
Keiichi Anda 
Art Direction by
Chieko Kashiyama 
Set Decoration by
Yoshio Yamada 
Costume Design by
Yoshiki Endo 
Makeup Department
Shinjirô Ohno .... hair stylist
Shinjirô Ohno .... makeup artist
Production Management
Shuichi Yoshizaki .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seitaro Kai .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Masato Yano .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ryô Nishimura .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Isamu Fujii .... gaffer
Music Department
Satoshi Hirakawa .... music supervisor
Yoshiaki Kusaka .... music supervisor
Other crew
Ryoko Taguchi .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Kirishima, bukatsu yamerutteyo" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:103 min
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4 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An Absent Title Character, 21 June 2014
Author: 3xHCCH from Quezon City, Philippines

"The Kirishima Thing" comes well-recommended with its major 2013 Japan Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director among others. This the reason why I chose to watch it first among the festival entries.

Kirishima is the star volleyball player and most popular guy of a certain high school. One day he mysteriously just quit the team and disappeared. Understandably, his teammates in the volleyball team and his close friends Hiroki and girl friend Risa, are all greatly affected by his sudden absence. This film also follows all the other kids in school (such as the film nerd and the band saxophonist girl) and how Kirishima's disappearance also affected them indirectly.

It was interesting to see the interactions of the attractive young actors like Ai Hashimoto, Mizuki Yamamoto, Suzuka Ohgo and Masahiro Higashide, who were all very natural in their acting. However, there is hardly a coherent story line that the film follows. We know one student had a crush on another one, and there was a lot of staring and longing that did not lead anywhere. I cannot see a definite point of the film as a whole. It felt like just going on and on without a clear message that it wanted to convey. Maybe there is no message nor story, just a documentation of what happened and nothing more.

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