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1999 - Nen no natsu yasumi (1988)

Summer vacation has emptied a Japanese boys' school of all but three boys: the junior Norio & the seniors Kazuhiko & Naoto. They have no families to return to for the summer, so they spend ... See full summary »

Director:

Shûsuke Kaneko

Writer:

Rio Kishida
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eri Miyajima Eri Miyajima ... Yu / Kaoru
Tomoko Ôtakara Tomoko Ôtakara ... Kazuhiko
Miyuki Nakano Miyuki Nakano ... Naoto
Eri Fukatsu ... Norio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masaaki Maeda Masaaki Maeda ... Narration
Hiromi Murata Hiromi Murata ... Naoto (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ... Kazuhiko (voice)
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ... Kaoru (voice)
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Summer vacation has emptied a Japanese boys' school of all but three boys: the junior Norio & the seniors Kazuhiko & Naoto. They have no families to return to for the summer, so they spend their days in the empty school. A darkness hangs over the three however: the suicide, three months earlier, of classmate Yu. Norio blames Kazuhiko for Yu's death, because it was well-known that Yu loved Kazuhiko; so Kazuhiko is cruel to Norio, and yet has bad dreams. This uneasy arrangement is exacerbated by the arrival of Kaoru, a student early for the fall - who looks exactly like Yu. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Boku o koroshitano wa, KIMI da!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Vacation 1999 See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanda, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Deftly delving into the depths
26 October 2001 | by Frimmin'See all my reviews

Hauntingly beautiful, in the tradition of "Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East?", and "Gattaca" this is a small work of art with an excellent, though slow-moving plot, exploring the themes of loneliness, sexual repression, jealousy, tenderness, and violence. It's surreal, in a completely inconspicuous and beguiling way; no adults are ever seen, the kids constantly wear ties, the school and dormitory is unbelievably stark, parts of the story (but which?)are dreams, and the older boys are played by girls!

It works to excellent effect. It may be the best film on gay themes besides the Canadian gem "Lilies."


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