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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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Ryosuke Hashiguchi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshinori Okada ... Shuji Ito
Ayumi Hamasaki Ayumi Hamasaki ... Kasane Aihara
Kouji Yamaguchi Kouji Yamaguchi ... Touru Kanbara
Kumi Takada Kumi Takada ... Ayako Shimizu
Shizuka Isami Shizuka Isami ... Rika Matsuo
Kôta Kusano Kôta Kusano ... Hiroyuki Yoshida
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Fujita
Bang-ho Cho Bang-ho Cho ... Teacher
Miyako Yamaguchi Miyako Yamaguchi ... Ms. Yoshida
Toshie Negishi ... Ms. Nezu
Kunio Murai Kunio Murai ... Shuji's Father
Hiroko Anzai Hiroko Anzai
Kenichiro Samejima Kenichiro Samejima
Kazumi Ikeda Kazumi Ikeda
Chiharu Ishikawa 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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A Beautiful movie dealing with the confused teenage mind.
16 July 2001 | by kaiserspikeSee all my reviews

This is a skillfully crafted piece of cinema that deals with a teenage boys confused sexuality.The cut scenes within can be lengthy but the cinematography is beautiful.This film would not appeal to many people, especially those who are queasy about gay teenage relationships, but the more open minded can sympathize with the puzzled protagonist.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 December 1995 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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