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Blue Spring (2001)

Aoi haru (original title)
A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.

Director:

Toshiaki Toyoda

Writers:

Toshiaki Toyoda, Taiyô Matsumoto (comic strip)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Kujo
Hirofumi Arai ... Aoki
Sôsuke Takaoka ... Yukio
Yûsuke Ohshiba Yûsuke Ohshiba ... Kimura
Yuta Yamazaki Yuta Yamazaki ... Ota
Shûgo Oshinari Shûgo Oshinari ... Yoshimura
Takashi Tsukamoto ... Freshman in Baseball Club
Eita ... Obake (Ghost)
Onimaru Onimaru ... Suzuki
Kiyohiko Shibukawa Kiyohiko Shibukawa ... Leader of Rival School Gang (as Kee)
Kyôko Koizumi ... Kiosk Woman
Mame Yamada Mame Yamada ... Hanada-sensei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Genta Dairaku Genta Dairaku ... Guidance Counselor
Erena Erena ... High-school girl
Hiroyuki Kobayashi Hiroyuki Kobayashi
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A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.

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No regrets for my youth See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 June 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Spring See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color
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Quotes

Kimura: No regrets for my youth.
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Connections

Version of Revolver - Aoi haru (2003) See more »

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Black Limousine
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meh i don't see the hype.
5 July 2015 | by shayankeiSee all my reviews

so i decided to get around to watching this after seeing a pretty screencap from the film and googling it, reading a synopsis that sounded interesting and finding out that it had a cult following among both western and Japanese fans. i've viewed the film and *gasp* dear god my opinion is blasphemous--i really wasn't a fan. I was surprised to only see one other negative user review thinking it was my fault but nah not really. FIRST, i enjoyed the cinematography, acting and score. the j-alt/punk rock soundtrack was amazing utilized, not a lot of diversity but it was as rattly and raw as what was unfolding on the screen so props for that. the acting was also nothing crazy but the nihilistic tones of the film were conveyed very well with sincere acting that depicted withdrawn yet oddly human characters. the imagery and overall cinematography was quite beautiful, and visually it was pleasant to watch; special mention to the sakura porn that popped up every once in a while because those were especially beautiful but thats just my inner weeb talking. BUT i really wasn't a fan of the actual characters and plot. i thought they were icy--and i'm not talking reserved icy--i mean detached, disconnected and barely relatable. so as the events were unfolding throughout the film, i didn't really care to keep up with the people at the centre of the conflicts. i also didn't like the plot as it was vague with seemingly random events at times. i've seen other reviews defending the film saying its a fascinating take on disillusioned teenage Japanese boys a-la battle royale and how they struggle to find their meaning as adults blah blah blah. i'm not going to argue against that, i've just seen similar ground covered in related works that make this film look weak and barely pointed. if anyone's seen suicide club, i think that touched on similar themes but really drove the meaning home. in terms of trying to find one's place, NANA & a bunch of other manga series make a much greater effort and execute their message effectively. i didn't see that in this film, and a bit of metaphor and musing from characters for 5 minutes max definitely doesn't interest me towards the whole coming-of-age story its trying to push. maybe i don't get it, maybe if i was Japanese it would make more sense but i've enjoyed works in a similar vein and found little to love with blue spring (aoi haru)


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