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Flying Colors (2015)

Birigyaru (original title)
Story about a problematic blonde girl, Sayaka who knows nothing about academic but wants to enter one of the prestige university in Japan in just one year?


Nobuhiro Doi


Hiroshi Hashimoto (screenplay), Nobutaka Tsubota (based on the novel by)
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Credited cast:
Kasumi Arimura ... Sayaka Kudo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nanami Abe Nanami Abe ... Sayaka's friend Yui
Morio Agata Morio Agata ... Cram-school's president
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Tsubota-Sensei
Honami Kurashita Honami Kurashita ... Sayaka's friend Maki
Airi Matsui Airi Matsui ... Sayaka's friend Mika
Rie Minemura Rie Minemura
Yasuhi Nakamura Yasuhi Nakamura
Shûhei Nomura Shûhei Nomura ... Reiji
Yûhei Ohuchida Yûhei Ohuchida ... Sayaka's younger brother
Kokoro Okuda Kokoro Okuda ... Mayumi Kudo (Sayaka's younger sister)
Tetsushi Tanaka Tetsushi Tanaka ... Toru Kudo
Ken'ichi Yajima Ken'ichi Yajima
Mochika Yamada Mochika Yamada ... 12 years old Sayaka
Ken Yasuda ... Takashi-sensei


Sayaka Kudo is a gyaru who wears miniskirts and dyes her hair blonde. Although she is a 2nd year senior high school student, she is on par academically with 4th grade elementary school students. She frequently transfers between school because she is unable to make friends, and was once suspended for being caught with cigarettes. To prepare her for her university entrance examination, her mother decides to send her to Seiho Cram School. However, when the school director, Yoshitaka Tsubota, hears about Sayaka's academic problem, he makes it his personal achievement to help her enter the university of her choice, Keio University, a prestigious university that is considered one of the most difficult to enter in Japan. After her father labels her an "air-head", Sayaka became determined to study hard to prove her father wrong. Over the course of the summer holidays of her second year through to the exams at the end of her third year in senior high school, Sayaka studies extremely hard. She ...

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Release Date:

1 May 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying Colors See more »

Filming Locations:

Sakae, Nagoya, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The novel that this movie based on is a true story about the author himself Nobutaka Tsubota, who runs a private institute, and his student Sayaka Kobayashi. See more »

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Members of the crew are seen during different scenes in groups with the cast members singing along with the closing theme song, as well as performing their jobs. See more »

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Average, with some lulls
26 December 2018 | by kittydreamSee all my reviews

Have you ever wanted something so bad you gave everything you have to accomplish it? That is what Flying Colors is all about, perseverance, dedication, strength and will power, all to accomplish your goals. I enjoy the concept, and this movie was by no means poorly done, but I think they could have done a lot more within the frame of an almost 2 hour movie, I think a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes would have helped this movie out. Essentially this movie ends up being an hour or so of just watching the main character study, where we barely get to even learn anything along with her, we just watch her look at some text books intently. I also had a problem with the teacher as a character. I felt they didnt do much with his character, which does not make sense. He is supposed to be this magical being, almost, that convinces these troubled youths to change their ways and try to learn and do better in academics. But as a character, he sure is boring, not charming, and just completely empty. We didn't know much about him, and I didn't care enough to know more by the end, which is a shame, because they push the dynamic between the main character and the teacher, all throughout the movie, and yet they have no chemistry as student and teacher, and thats because his character is flat and the interactions are nothing special. So the idea that he's supposed to be able to convince these people, who no one else has been able to change for 14 years or more, in like one meeting... it just makes the relationship between everyone seem so fake, because of the basis of how it starts off. I think the story between the main character and her family is the most interesting in all of the movie, and that is not given enough screen time at all. The ending is nice, definitely sweet, which I will give this movie credit for also, it was uplifting, to see someone working so hard for what they want, and prove everyone wrong. But because the character work was not amazing, and development was poorly spaced out through the movie (she tries to change almost immediately and when she decides to stop trying to do well, it only lasts for a few minutes, so there was not enough time to actually believe she was giving up, the drama ended there). If you are interested in a simple, slightly uplifting and motivating movie, with not complex characters and have almost 2 hours to burn, then I'd say go for it, but for me, it was just forgettable

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