FINDING THE ADOLESCENCE

思春期ごっこ

By Raita KURAMOTO

HAKUHODO DY MUSIC & PICTURES INC. - as SALES All rights, World

LGBT - Completed 2014

Each other was everything.
That summer day will never return.
Story of "that summer" of the girls is told with beautiful images.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • LGBT, Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Raita KURAMOTO
    • Writer(s)
    • Kazuomi MAKITA, Raita KURAMOTO
    • Synopsis
    • Takane and Mika are in the third year at junior high school for girls. The time before Takane and Mika go separate ways to start high school is youthful and dazzling. Takane, who hopes to go to an art school, is drawing a picture of Mika as she is absorbed in reading her favorite novel, "Shishunki Gokko (pretend adolescence)". The two are inseparable best friends. The hours at dusk are quiet and intense. They thought their relationship would never change. One day, Mika bumps into the author of "Shishunki Gokko", Namie, who is a librarian at the library where Mika frequents. Mika admires Namie who went to the same junior high school and published a novel while she was there. Mika starts prioritizing time with her, while Takane is left behind and feelings of jealousy begin to fill her. When Mika gives her first novel to Namie, their relationship starts changing significantly. Girls' innocence, sensitivity and also cruelty, and the brief time when they struggle and get hurt before becoming adults is captured in this wistful but beautiful movie of adolescent girls.

      Two notable young actresses, Honoka Miki and Misato Aoyama, collaborate for the first time.
      Honoka Miki, a popular exclusive model for a magazine "non-no", as well as attracting a lot of attention for her roles in TV drama "Suzuki Sensei", etc. has been promoted for the role of Takane, who struggles with her feeling for Mika and jealousy towards Namie. The role of Mika, who is torn between her dream and reality in the process of maturing, is played by Misato Aoyama. She is the leader of a theater troupe Harvest and her performance in a film "Entaku" is highly acclaimed. The two young actresses superbly portray the subtlety of girls' characteristically sensitive minds as they become adults. Ex-novelist Namie, who is unable to let go of her past glory, is played by Yukie Kawamura, who is having a remarkable success not just as a photo model but also as a film actress. She embodies a mature woman who is unable to live by ideals alone. Directed by a promising 25-year old Raita Kuramoto, who made his feature debut with this film. In superb collaboration with Yuki Aoyama who shot the main visuals, this beautiful and fragile girls' sparkling view of the world has been portrayed. Yuki Takao, a popular anime voice actor made an actress debut as Namie's collegue.
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