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April Story (1998)

Shigatsu monogatari (original title)
In spring, a young girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo.

Director:

Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takako Matsu ... Uzuki Nireno
Seiichi Tanabe ... Yamazaki
Kaori Fujii Kaori Fujii ... Teruko Kitao
Rumi Rumi ... Saeko Sono
Kazuhiko Kato Kazuhiko Kato ... Kato
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Salaryman Fu no Otoko
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Oda Nobunaga
Tatsuya Ishii Tatsuya Ishii ... Akechi Mitsuhide
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Saito Toshizo
Yoshiro Matsumoto Yoshiro Matsumoto ... Father
Noriko Fujima Noriko Fujima ... Mother
Somegorô Ichikawa Somegorô Ichikawa ... Son
Kio Matsumoto Kio Matsumoto ... Daughter
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Shoji
Tsunekazu Umeda Tsunekazu Umeda ... Removalist
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In spring, a girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo. Once there, she's very lonely and finds out people aren't anywhere near as friendly like she'd hoped. Written by davidrf

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 March 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

April Story See more »

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Rockwell Eyes See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, the family who are seeing off Takako Matsu's character are the actress' real family. They include her father Koshiro Matsumoto, a film and kabuki actor; mother Noriko Matsumoto, a former actress; brother Ichikawa Zengoro VII, a kabuki actor and her elder sister Kiyo Matsumoto. See more »

Connections

References A River Runs Through It (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

HUNGARIAN DANCE NO. 5 F-SHARP MINOR
Music by Johannes Brahms
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Tastes great, less filling
1 March 2004 | by esprit9See all my reviews

High school graduate from Hokkaido infatuated by now-graduated senior applies and is accepted at the same university as the subject of her infatuation. Goes to school, tries to fit in, and works up the courage to talk to her crush for the first time.

The story has great promise, but at 67 minutes, nothing feels developed and many story lines just end abruptly. It feels more like a TV series pilot than a standalone movie.

The movie itself is fairly unremarkable. Many things are suggested but not said. Moves fairly slowly. Lots of sepia tones and misty whites. Ok if you're prepared to just relax and not expect too much in the way of story.


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