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Birigyaru (2015)

Story about a problematic blonde girl, Sayaka who knows nothing about academic but wants to enter one of the prestige university in Japan in just one year?

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Kasumi Arimura ...
Sayaka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nanami Abe ...
Sayaka's friend Yui
Morio Agata ...
Cram-school's president
Atsushi Itô ...
Tsubota-Sensei
Honami Kurashita ...
Sayaka's friend Maki
Airi Matsui ...
Sayaka's friend Mika
Rie Minemura
Yasuhi Nakamura
Shûhei Nomura ...
Reiji
Yûhei Ohuchida ...
Sayaka's younger brother
Kokoro Okuda ...
Sayaka's younger sister
Tetsushi Tanaka ...
Sayaka's father
Ken'ichi Yajima
Mochika Yamada ...
12 years old Sayaka
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Takashi-sensei
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Sayaka Kudo is a gyaru who wears miniskirts and dyes her hair blonde. Although she is a 2nd year senior high school student, she is on par academically with 4th grade elementary school students. She frequently transfers between school because she is unable to make friends, and was once suspended for being caught with cigarettes. To prepare her for her university entrance examination, her mother decides to send her to Seiho Cram School. However, when the school director, Yoshitaka Tsubota, hears about Sayaka's academic problem, he makes it his personal achievement to help her enter the university of her choice, Keio University, a prestigious university that is considered one of the most difficult to enter in Japan. After her father labels her an "air-head", Sayaka became determined to study hard to prove her father wrong. Over the course of the summer holidays of her second year through to the exams at the end of her third year in senior high school, Sayaka studies extremely hard. She ...

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The novel that this movie based on is a true story about the author himself Nobutaka Tsubota, who runs a private institute, and his student Sayaka Kobayashi. See more »

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Totally love it!
22 September 2015 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Tender and touching, this movie is a real story (based) of following your dreams and of how a great teacher can help people to realize their true potential.

The main hero, Sayaka - thickly painted social butterfly at the start of the story, with no knowledge and no skills to speak of - with the help of 'cram school' teacher working overtime because of his belief in his students - is gradually transformed over the course of the movie into successful student, sure of herself and her abilities, who applies for the entry exams into one of the finest universities in Japan.

Great story and great cast -- frankly, I was quite skeptical when I started the movie, but all the performances were so believable, and the flow of the story is so finely woven that it completely won me over long before the movie was over.

This movie moves you on many different levels - girl's struggle with her own insecurities, her troubled relationship with her family, the teacher finding ingenious ways to help students who are not interested in learning, to start with - everything is told with so much skill and so much heart that you can not help being pulled in by the story.

Watch it! One of the external reviews called it "an entertaining time-waster". Well if it is, it is probably the most useful way to waste two hours of your time :)


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