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First Love (2000)

Hatsukoi (original title)
Satoka Aida, a 17-year high school student, comes to know that her mothers hospitalization for cancer is disturbing the harmony of her home life. Satoka rarely communicates with her father ... See full synopsis »

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Tetsuo Shinohara
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rena Tanaka ... Satoka Aida
Mieko Harada ... Shizue Aida
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Yasuhito Aida
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Shinichirô Fujiki
Masaki Nishina Masaki Nishina ... Akihito Tatara
Makoto Satô Makoto Satô
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baiken Jukkanji Baiken Jukkanji
Hineki Mito Hineki Mito
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka
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Satoka Aida, a 17-year high school student, comes to know that her mothers hospitalization for cancer is disturbing the harmony of her home life. Satoka rarely communicates with her father like in many Japanese families, and without her mother, her relationship with her father deteriorates. Satoka one day finds an unsent love letter written by her mother long ago to her first love. Satoka on reading the letter sets out to fulfill her mothers long lost wish to meet her first love under the Cherry Tree of Wishes in her mothers hometown. But her mothers first love, Shinchio Fujiki is no longer the dashingly handsome young man mentioned in her mothers letter.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 April 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Első szerelem See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Pretty Absorbing
29 May 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

Rena Tanaka plays Satoka, a teenage girl who finds a long ago love letter written to her sick mom (not written by her father), a first love she didn't know about. She sets out to find this person, first traveling pretty far to find he has moved to Tokyo. She tracks him down and tries to get him to see her mom, who spends most of this film in the hospital. This kind of film rises and falls on the strength of the main character, and Ms. Tanaka does a great job. You look into her eyes and see many things, happiness, pain etc. You understand the motivations of her character, even if sometimes you question them yourself. The film is a meditation on family, love and what might have been. Its sentimental and it'll move you. I think Ms. Tanaka did a great job, she carried the film admirably. I'd recommend this film for anyone who likes this brand of sentiment in films. Its absorbing throughout.


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