1 user 1 critic

Sand Clock (2008)

Sunadokei (original title)
Following her parents' divorce Ann and her mother move to her maternal grandmother's house in Shimane Prefecture. Adding to the stress is how they are not integrating well at their new home... See full summary »


Shinsuke Sato


Hinako Ashihara (based upon the novel), Shinsuke Sato (screenplay)


Credited cast:
Nao Matsushita Nao Matsushita ... Ann Minase - adult
Kaho Kaho ... Ann Minase - high school student
Shunya Isaka Shunya Isaka ... Daigo Kitamura - adult
Sôsuke Ikematsu Sôsuke Ikematsu ... Daigo Kitamura - high school student (as Sosuke Ikematsu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masaaki Akahori Masaaki Akahori
Anri Ban Anri Ban ... Shiika Tsukishima - adult
Shiho Fujimura ... Misayo Uegusa
Tôru Kazama Tôru Kazama ... Masahiro Minase
Kana Kurashina ... Rika
Anri Okamoto Anri Okamoto ... Shiika Tsukishima - high school student
Mizuho Takasugi Mizuho Takasugi ... Keiichiro Sakura
Aoi Tatsumi Aoi Tatsumi
Naho Toda ... Miwako Uegusa
Kenta Tsukada Kenta Tsukada ... Fuji Tsukishima
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Ryoko and her husband are a Tokyo couple in a loveless marriage that is on the verge of being turned upside down. Ryoko has developed a deep resentment after years of her husband's selfish ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Miki Akiyama, Urara Awata, Hitoshi Kajiki
Kingdom (2019)
Action | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In ancient China, a young boy dreams of becoming the greatest general of the Qin Kingdom.

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Kento Yamazaki, Ryô Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa
Library Wars (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Set in the year 2019 in Japan. In order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Sôta Fukushi, Jun'ichi Okada
Gantz (2010)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After trying to rescue a man on the subway tracks, two teens wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on Earth.

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Kanata Hongô, Ken'ichi Matsuyama
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Having lost her mother, Haruka is now a 16 year old girl and feels neglected by her father. She escapes to her grandmother's house and discovers a fox-like creature who steals her keys. She... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Christine Marie Cabanos, Patrick Seitz, Julie Maddalena
Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A store owner and a magazine editor were hired as a temporary employee by The Louvre for a Mona Lisa exhibition to be held in Japan. The two soon discover a hidden puzzle of the Mona Lisa that will change their lives.

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Tôri Matsuzaka, Eriko Hatsune
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Set 18 months after movie "Library Wars." After the government's enactment of the Media Betterment Act, battles wage between the Betterment Squads and the Library Defense. The Library ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Nana Eikura, Kei Tanaka
Inuyashiki (2018)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An middle-aged office worker encounters aliens and is gifted with alien technology and limitless powers.

Director: Shinsuke Sato
Stars: Noritake Kinashi, Takeru Satoh, Kanata Hongô
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Were people's lives changed by having known Yonosuke?

Director: Shûichi Okita
Stars: Jun Kunimura, Ayumi Itô, Kimiko Yo
First Love (2019)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Becky, Bengal, Masayuki Deai
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hibiki is a precocious 15-year-old with a penchant for writing. She enters her novel to literary magazine Mokuren for nomination, but it does not satisfy conditions for their Rookie of the ... See full summary »

Director: Shô Tsukikawa
Stars: Yurina Hirate, Mizuki Itagaki, Keiko Kitagawa
Hula Girls (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

Director: Sang-il Lee
Stars: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Following her parents' divorce Ann and her mother move to her maternal grandmother's house in Shimane Prefecture. Adding to the stress is how they are not integrating well at their new home. Ann's mother commits suicide. The consolation for Ann is school-mate Daigo who is loving and helpful, but that is soon to be taken away due to the new distance between them. They grow older and drift apart, but there is still love there when they do reunite. Written by aghaemi

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance


Did You Know?


Version of Sand Chronicles (2007) See more »

User Reviews

Love story set on beautiful scenery
14 August 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Sand Clock or "Sunadokei" is about a love story between Ann Uekusa, and Daigo Kimura.

Ann (Kaho) moves back to her grandma's place in Shimane after her parent's divorce. Her and her mother are not exactly welcomed at the house. Ann meets Daigo (Sosuke Ikematsu) who goes to the same school, and helps Ann find a part time job where he works. Ann's mother commits suicide from the stress in life. Daigo promise Ann that he would protect her. After few years, they are mature enough to fall in love, but Ann' father comes to pick her up from Tokyo. Ann and Daigo now has a long distance romance, but they start to drift away. 10 years later Ann returns to Shimane with a fiancé, but she doesn't consummate her marriage with her fiancé. She still has feelings for Daigo, and the same is true for him as well.

The movie is based on a comic of the same title by Hinako Ashihara. It chronicles the growth of a girl from 14 on, until she matures as an adult.

The most superb part of this movie is its cinematography. Every scene is beautifully shot. Especially the natural landscape of Shimane prefecture where Ann grow's up. Second best part is the casting. Sosuke Ikematsu as Daigo, and Kaho as Ann was superb. Matsushita Nao as the grown up Ann was also great. Story wasn't so compelling, but everything looked so beautiful that it almost didn't matter.

There's also a TV series by the same title with different casting.

If you like slow burn love romance, this movie is for you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

26 April 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sand Clock See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed