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Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (1995)

Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka? (original title)
On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are "flat" or "round" when ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Yuta Yamazaki Yuta Yamazaki ... Norimichi Shimada
Megumi Okina ... Nazuna Oikawa
Takayuki Sorita Takayuki Sorita ... Yusuke Azumi
Randy Havens Randy Havens ... Kazuhiro
Kenji Kohashi Kenji Kohashi ... Jyun'ichi
Kento Sakuragi Kento Sakuragi ... Minoru
Kuniko Asagi Kuniko Asagi ... Haruko Miura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshikazu Ebisu Yoshikazu Ebisu ... Move oden stew restaurant visitor
Kanako Fukaura Kanako Fukaura ... Norimichi's mother
Mitsuko Ishii Mitsuko Ishii ... Nazuna's mother
Fushimasa Kobayashi Fushimasa Kobayashi ... Move oden stew restaurant cheff
Reiki Koyama Reiki Koyama ... Makoto
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Teacher
Yôko Nakajima Yôko Nakajima ... Nurse
Toshiya Sakai Toshiya Sakai ... Yas-san


On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are "flat" or "round" when they explode in the sky. With her parents divorcing, the young teenager Nazuna has more serious matters on her mind. Although unknown to the others, Nazuna's mother intends to take her away after the summer break. When Norimichi and Yusuke race 50 meters in the swimming pool, Nazuna secretly decides that the winner will accompany her when she runs away from home. Meanwhile the gang from school decides that the best way to figure out the shape of fireworks is to view them from the side, and they set out for a lighthouse above the beach from which the fireworks display will be fired. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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12 August 1995 (Japan) See more »

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Alternate Versions

The "First Edition" of the movie is the television play If: Moshimo: Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?, which was shot, on standard-definition video, for the anthology series If: Moshimo and broadcast, as its sixteenth episode, in 1993. The "Second Edition" is a recut version which removed the sequences featuring the series' host and was released, recorded onto film, in cinemas in 1995. A "Third Edition" was released on DVD in 1999. The same day, a new, feature-length documentary, "Shônentachi wa hanabi o yoko kara mitakatta", about the making of the original television play was also released on DVD. Most recently at the time of writing, it was upscaled into high-definition video and regraded digitally; this "New Color Grading" version was released on Blu-ray Disc and made available for internet streaming and download in 2017. See more »

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Nice movie about the beauty of growing up.....
1 October 2001 | by BYJamesSee all my reviews

This movie is a great example for the kind of movie only countries with a long tradition of aesthetics like France or Japan can produce. Without anything spectacular it talks about growing up, the first sparks of love, the wonders of the world... It's rather short, but if you like a simply told story -the kind of movie Hollywood never could produce-, you definitely should give it a try.

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