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Like Grains of Sand (1995)

Nagisa no Shindobaddo (original title)
The movie is built around the very complex relationships between Yoshida, leaving Shimizu for Aihara (or at least he tries to), and his friend Ito, whose love for Yoshida seems to have ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shuji Ito
Ayumi Hamasaki ... Kasane Aihara
Kouji Yamaguchi ... Touru Kanbara
Kumi Takada ... Ayako Shimizu
Shizuka Isami ... Rika Matsuo
Kôta Kusano ... Hiroyuki Yoshida
... Fujita
Bang-ho Cho ... Teacher
Miyako Yamaguchi ... Ms. Yoshida
Toshie Negishi ... Ms. Nezu
Kunio Murai ... Shuji's Father
Hiroko Anzai
Kenichiro Samejima
Kazumi Ikeda
Chiharu Ishikawa ... Noriko Yoshida
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The movie is built around the very complex relationships between Yoshida, leaving Shimizu for Aihara (or at least he tries to), and his friend Ito, whose love for Yoshida seems to have little chance for success. In the end we have a coalition of Ito and Aihara - who may or may not be in love with Ito - teaching Yoshida a lesson. Written by Anonymous

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quaint, sweet, slow
15 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this film, and the complexity of the main female character. her behaviour appears strange to others, and she does have some complexities. But overall she is deeply empathetic, and finds the shortcomings of others disappointing.

The scene where they hug and first kiss is very adorable, and I do wish the writer had given the gay one more of a story line where his very innocent affections were reciprocated, as I have been in a similar position of hopeless teenage heartache in the past, and probably many others have.

The aesthetic of the film is pretty 90s but still very tasteful I would say, overall - for example at the orange orchard, and after the counselling session next to the stairs with the light reflecting off the water. It can seem slow at times, but is ultimately quite a sweet look into high school life and it's confusions.


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