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Hanamizuki (2010)

Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru... See full summary »

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Nobuhiro Doi

Writer:

Noriko Yoshida (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yui Aragaki ... Sae
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Kohei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manatsu Hayashi Manatsu Hayashi
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Keiichi hirasawa (as Arata)
Yûta Kanai ... Tamotsu ohno
Kelly Karavites ... Himself (credit only)
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Makato Endo
Yû Koyanagi
Yutaka Matsushige ... Kenjiro Kiuchi
Kaori Mizushima Kaori Mizushima
Misaki Mori Misaki Mori
Anastasia Morsucci Anastasia Morsucci ... Co-Worker
Osamu Mukai ... Junichi Kitami
Misako Renbutsu ... Ritsuko Watanabe
Ana Lucia Souza Ana Lucia Souza ... Herself
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Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) in Hokkaido, Japan. Her father Kemimichi (Arata) once planted a dogwood tree in their garden after he found out he had a terminal disease and could not watch Sae grow up. She hopes to enter a university in Tokyo. She then meets Kouhei (Toma Ikuta), who attends a specialized high school teaching fishery. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a fisherman. These two young people meet and have a long distance relationship. Although their love is strong it does not last. 10 years later these two people have a miracle ... (Source: Asian Wiki)

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 August 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogwood Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Hanamizuki
Performed by Yo Hitoto
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A Visually Engrossing Experience About Life, Love, Discovery and Fate
9 April 2015 | by totalovrdoseSee all my reviews

'Impulsive' is a word that is thrown frequently about in this romantic drama, presumably aimed towards a teenage/young adult audience, especially since themes of teenage angst and jealousy crop up within the narrative. Ironically, many who use this particular term prove to be the most impulsive of all. Kouhei Kiuichi (Toma Ikuta) is one such individual who fits this description: a young fisherman, who is spontaneously abrupt. The film begins with him as an adolescent, who, by chance encounter, meets Sae Hirasawa (Yui Aragaki). Sae is far more adept at study, wishing to eventually leave the fishing town they occupy for Tokyo, while Kouhei's future is already predetermined - he's going to inherit the fishing business his family has been committed to for several generations.

Though Kouhei's father, Kenjiro (Yutaka Matsushige), has a massive role in his life's decisions, Sae's father is little more than a memory, having spent much of his life in Canada, the country where Sae was born, before she and her mother, Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) moved to Tokyo. Her father however returned briefly, only upon discovering he was ill, so he might spend his last remaining time with her. Though Sae feels Japan is her home, she has often dreamed of traveling to where she was born, her dreams existing far outside the reaches of the fishing town she originally occupies at the film's beginning, while Kouhei's dreams do not.

Though the two leads are able to find a romantic connection together, Sae's dedication to her study sends her on a journey to Tokyo, with the blessing of her mother. Kouhei on the other hand drops out of high-school to pursue life as a fisherman, working alongside many of his friends, including Ritsuko (Misako Renbutsu), a young woman with a crush on him. Although a long distance relationship is successfully orchestrated, it is not without its pressures, its problems, and its temptations, resulting in the question: can these two characters really remain as one? Set over the course of many years, from adolescence, into young adulthood, the film efficiently articulates how life has a way of happening, while we, who live it, simply travel along for the ride.

The imagery is especially startling: scenes depicting oceans, horizons and floral beauty are exceptionally captured, one of the most memorable scenes depicting Sae beside a lighthouse in Canada. The beauty of the world is potentially accentuated by Junichi Kitami (Osamu Mukai), a photographer whose images occasionally grace the screen.

The contrasts between the scenes in Japan, and those in America and Canada are very astounding to behold, however, as a slight criticism, the American characters in the feature appear too nice. Don't get me wrong, almost all of the Americans I've met have been plenty nice, however these characters seem unnaturally so, as though they are the impromptu interpretation the writers had of how Americans are, their formality and respectfulness having being based upon Japanese culture.

Imagery aside, the song the film is based upon, Hanamizuki from You Hitoto, is especially brilliant, while the soundtrack that accompanies many of the scenes is equally astounding, the melody sweeping viewers along. However, it's during the scenes, that experience the track's absence, where the intensity of the drama is effectively played out.

The acting, across the board, exceptionally allows audiences to believe in each of the character's, who appear incredibly realistic, Ms. Aragaki's credible English deserving mentioning. One of the best aspects of the film is the tone and duration, the narrative never feeling forced, or out of place, there being a number of great scenes when the audience will undoubtedly hold their breath in preparation for what happens. Much like the small ornamental boat, which is passed back and forth between the leads over the course of the feature, we hope they will find their way back into each others hearts one day.


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