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Boy's Choir (2000)

Dokuritsu shônen gasshô-dan (original title)
The lives of two orphan boys begin to intertwine when the choir and the feelings they share bring them closer to one another.

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Akira Ogata

Writer:

Kenji Aoki
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Credited cast:
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Michio Yanagida
Sora Tôma Sora Tôma ... Yasuo Ito
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Seino
Ryoko Takizawa Ryoko Takizawa ... Satomi
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Michio's Uncle
Reita Serizawa Reita Serizawa ... Tanaka
Jun Kunimura ... Michio's Father
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Kiba
Kihachi Okamoto Kihachi Okamoto ... School Head
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kae Minami Kae Minami
Osamu Shigematu Osamu Shigematu ... Doctor
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The lives of two orphan boys begin to intertwine when the choir and the feelings they share bring them closer to one another.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 February 2000 (Germany) See more »

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Leisurely and disappointing
21 October 2002 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

Lots of bits of this mostly meditative film are quite good. There are beautiful images and some heavenly soundscapes. There is also a promising central story concentrating on the friendship of two odd young boys in a provincial boarding school and their interest in choir music.

The standout character is the incredibly effeminate Yasuo, with the angelic high voice and commanding personality. His good friend, the stuttering Michio, doesn't make much of an impression, although he is the main and viewpoint character.

But it's a case of good ingredients and mediocre method. The story falls well over the line dividing leisurely and slow, and jumps around too much. The violent episodes in the middle of the film don't quite gel with the usually gentle but sometimes cruel feel of the rest. It ends up being dull and muddled, as well as frustrating, because there was much good material, of which a much better result was quite possible.


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