By Ryuichi HIROKI

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Drama - Completed 2018

Ai Hashimoto, Mugi Kadowaki, and Ryo Narita: three popular and talented young stars join with director Ryuichi Hiroki in a finely chiseled exploration of the vagaries of the human heart.

& Awards

Vancouver IFF 2018
Hawaii International Film Festival 2018
Spotlight on Japan
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ryuichi HIROKI
    • Writer(s)
    • Tomonari SAKURAI
    • Synopsis
    • 27 year-old ‘I’ (Ai Hashimoto) has returned to her home town after ten years in Tokyo, where she went after high school in dreams of becoming ‘something’. Living with her parents, she freelances for a local magazine, but they treat her as an aimless ‘freeter’, and she feels that her life is going nowhere. She meets a friend from high school, and they decide to look up Shiina (Ryo Narita), who in those days was a boy generally admired as ‘cool, tall, the star of the soccer team, and friends with even the delinquents.’ On the way to see him, a golden memory of those days revives in her mind.
      Likewise Shiina’s old girlfriend, ‘me’ (Mugi Kadowaki), cannot forget him either. While she admired the idea of Tokyo, fear of what might await there held her back, and she has never left the home town. After Shiina himself left, one of his hangers-on approached her, and she has taken up with him largely because it’s more trouble to tell him no, but she is still obsessed with the glittering memories of those golden days of youth. Where will she find that ‘something’ that was not here, that might have been in Tokyo, that something she hoped to find in Shiina that would banish the ennui of her everyday life? And meanwhile, what has happened to Shiina himself?
      A vivid portrayal of women in a small Japanese city, nearing 30 and trying to find their place.