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.
Did You Know?
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