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His Motorbike, Her Island (1986)

Kare no ootobai, kanojo no shima (original title)
After a failed romance, a temperamental young biker meets a carefree rural girl while riding through her island hometown and gets her obsessed about riding a motorcycle.

Director:

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writers:

Yoshio Kataoka (novel), Ikuo Sekimoto
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kiwako Harada Kiwako Harada ... Miyoko Shiraishi
Riki Takeuchi ... Koh Hashimoto
Noriko Watanabe Noriko Watanabe ... Fuyumi Sawada
Tomokazu Miura ... Hidemasa Sawada
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Lolly driver
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... News reporter
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... News reporter
Tôru Minegishi Tôru Minegishi ... Onozato
Kôji Naka Kôji Naka ... Numase
Toshie Negishi ... Mama at Michikusa
Kiyohiko Ozaki Kiyohiko Ozaki ... Murata
Ryôichi Takayanagi Ryôichi Takayanagi ... Keiichi Ogawa
Takahiro Tamura ... Kouichiroh Shiraishi
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After a failed romance, a temperamental young biker meets a carefree rural girl while riding through her island hometown and gets her obsessed about riding a motorcycle.

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Drama | Romance

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Melodramatic biker-romance musical - a strange mix.
12 January 2020 | by shanbhattacharya_See all my reviews

A carefree rural girl meets a hot-headed young biker riding through her island hometown and gets obsessed about riding a motorcycle, especially his 750cc Kawasaki. The narrative starts from a failed urban romance and culminates into another almost teenager-ish melodramatic love story. Although the dialogue are often cheesy and the narrative is often interrupted by musical interludes, this film has a certain esoteric quality to it, perhaps due to this strange mix. The director (famous for "House", "The Girl Who Cut Time" and the recent "Hanagatami") frequently mixed colour and black-and-white footage with abundance. They perhaps added some dreamy quality into all of this - although personally I felt a lot of it were unnecessary. The camerawork was brilliant, with beautiful riding sequences that stay in the viewer's mind. Definitely not close to any kind of cinematic gem, but it is not easy to quickly forget this lesser-known oddity either.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 April 1986 (Japan) See more »

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