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After his parent's divorce, Kazuo Saito moves with his mother from Onomichi and must leave his girlfriend behind. At his new school, Kazuo is surprised to reunite with his childhood friend ... See full summary »

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Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

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Shirô Ishimori (screenplay), Wataru Kenmochi (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Misako Renbutsu ... Kazumi
Naoyuki Morita Naoyuki Morita ... Kazuo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takuro Atsuki Takuro Atsuki
Hiroshi Hiroshi
Hiroshi Inuzuka Hiroshi Inuzuka
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi
Yûko Kotegawa Yûko Kotegawa
Shunsuke Kubozuka Shunsuke Kubozuka
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato
Misa Shimizu
Jô Shishido ... (as Joe Shishido)
Tomorô Taguchi
Koto Takagi Koto Takagi
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After his parent's divorce, Kazuo Saito moves with his mother from Onomichi and must leave his girlfriend behind. At his new school, Kazuo is surprised to reunite with his childhood friend Kazumi. "Remember I kissed you, saying I'll marry you when we're grown ups?" He feels embarrassed around Kazumi, who talks about their early childhood stories without any reserve. Kazumi has a boyfriend named Hiroshi Yamamoto. Kazuo is annoyed with Hiroshi's attitude, but with Kazumi, they naturally start to get comfortable with each other again just like old times. Kazumi's family runs a long-standing sob noodle restaurant. Her very lively, Japanese family consists of her parents, her grandfather, and a very young niece. She has one older brother who lives away in Tokyo. One day, Kazumi invites Kazuo to her house. After talking about old times, they walk to a place from their childhood called the "Lonely Watering Place". "Kazuo, the water here is very good. That's why our sob noodles also taste so ... Written by racer-man

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Language:

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Release Date:

23 June 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Masterpiece!
24 February 2008 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

A self-remake of multi-award winning 1982 film by director Oobayashi Nobuhiko, "Tenkousei" is about two junior high students switching bodies. This plot has been done many, many times in film already, but this is a very unique, experimental film. First of all, every single scene is tilted in random angles between 5~45 degrees. It took me a while to get used to it, but it was able to create some incredible scenes. The cinematography on this film was the most beautiful I've seen in any movie, including American and other Asian movies. Music was equally touching, and accompanies beautiful scenes very well. This movie is 2 hours in length, but the time will just fly by thanks to an excellent flow.

The lead actress, Renbutsu Misako had an extremely weak presence in "Battery", but she did an excellent job here. She is very attractive and has a big potential. I will definitely be closely following her career. Both actors did a very convincing opposite sex, especially considering they are still child actors.

This film is particularly interesting because the transition from the first half to the second is extremely smooth. Before you know it, it turns from a fast-paced comedy into complex drama, and while you were laughing through the first half, you might be crying through the second half. Although this movie is such a cliché in so many ways, it really connected with me and moved me. The ending was slightly draggy, but thanks to the great music accompanying beautiful sceneries, it sank in even more. I have not seen the original, but I absolutely loved this movie, a masterpiece IMO.


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