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Tenkôsei (1982)

9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Through supernatural intervention, their minds and bodies are switched, and the result... See full summary »

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Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writer:

Hisashi Yamanaka (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Satomi Kobayashi Satomi Kobayashi ... Kazumi Saitoh
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Kazuo Saitoh
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô ... Akio Saitoh
Sayuri Ishibashi Sayuri Ishibashi ... Girl Student 'C'
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie ... Chie Saitoh
Etsuko Shiomi ... Mitsuko Ono (as Etsuko Shihomi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maki Akita Maki Akita ... Girl Student 'B'
Masae Hayashi Masae Hayashi ... Akemi Yoshino
Kiyoshi Hitomi Kiyoshi Hitomi ... Innkeeper
Kouichi Inoue Kouichi Inoue ... Jiroh Saitoh
Mihoko Itoh Mihoko Itoh ... Girl Student 'D'
Munenori Iwamoto Munenori Iwamoto ... Masaaki Kaneko
Sumiko Kakizaki Sumiko Kakizaki ... Keiko Kawahara
Kazuo Kamoshida Kazuo Kamoshida ... Punk
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... H.S. Principal
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9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Through supernatural intervention, their minds and bodies are switched, and the result is a touching and hilarious coming-of-age comedy as they attempt to survive the pressures of junior high school life. Written by Rob Richardson <robrich@heisei.com>

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Official Sites:

Nippon Television Network

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 April 1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Transfer Student See more »

Filming Locations:

Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan

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Connections

Remade as Tenkôsei: Sayonara anata (2007) See more »

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Andante Cantabile
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Tenkousei
24 May 2008 | by mattskibashotSee all my reviews

Because I watched this raw, I had to look up words and phrases every now and then, but because of the somewhat cliché storyline (two high school students switch bodies) and surplus of physical humor, I never found myself confused. Although, I'm sure it would have been funnier with English subtitles.

Kobayashi Satomi is absolutely hilarious as she pretends to be the opposite sex. She perfectly changes her voice, posture, speech, and body movements to match that of a teenage boy, but she does it in such an honest way that, at some points, I believe she is an actual boy. The male lead, Omi Toshinori, is equally as successful in his portrayal of a school girl trapped in a boy's body. His insecurity, the way he held his bag, covering his chest while wearing a swimsuit, his high-pitched voice--all the little things came together to create a performance that could not be more perfect.

Obviously, the film is predictable and occasionally lacks depth, but there are few filmmakers in the world who would be able to produce a quality film with a similar plot. This is a wonderful example of simplistic Japanese cinema and a classic in my book.


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