THE GRADUATES

LEMON NO KORO

By Yuki IWATA

NIPPON TV (NTV / NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK CORP.) - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 115 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yuki IWATA
    • Writer(s)
    • Yuki IWATA
    • Producer(s)
    • Mizuki KUROTANI (There's Enterprise)
    • Synopsis
    • Kayoko Akimoto (played by Nana Eikura), a senior student in high school, is the conductor of the brass band, adept at practically anything she does and makes good grades. She has her mind set on entering a university in Tokyo. Takumi Nishi (played by Hoshi Ishida), who is a member of the baseball team, can’t keep his eyes off her. He is unable to get over his feelings for her that he has harbored since junior high school. One day after school, the ace pitcher of the baseball team, Tomizo Sasaki (played by Tasuku Emoto), says to Takumi in a joking way, “I like Kayoko.” Takumi’s feelings for Kayoko are unrequited, and the distance between her and Tomizo becomes closer.
      Meanwhile, Kei Shirata (played by Mitsuki Tanimura) is always listening to music in the corner of the classroom. Her dream is to someday become a writer specializing in music. One day, she becomes aware of Kazuya Tsujimoto’s (played by Naojiro Hayashi) presence, a boy in her class who plays in a rock band at school. She senses a similar vibe from him as herself, of someone who “feels” the music. By chance, they end up spending some time together in the biology room after school to clean it, and have a great time chatting about their favorite music. “I’ve never hit it off so well with someone,” says Kazuya, and suddenly, the world looks like a much brighter and more vivid place for Kei. Rock music blares in her heart.
      Their final school festival is coming up. Kazuya asks Kei to write the lyrics for a song that he has written for the first time, and this triggers various dramas in the seniors’ lives. Kei’s heartfelt words, born out of her many painful experiences, resonate in Kayoko, and also affect Tomizo and Takumi.
      The seasons change as the feelings of these five seniors intersect each other. Their graduation day, the day they say good-bye, is drawing near.
      Kayoko Akimoto (played by Nana Eikura), a senior student in high school, is the conductor of the brass band, adept at practically anything she does and makes good grades. She has her mind set on entering a university in Tokyo. Takumi Nishi (played by Hoshi Ishida), who is a member of the baseball team, can’t keep his eyes off her. He is unable to get over his feelings for her that he has harbored since junior high school. One day after school, the ace pitcher of the baseball team, Tomizo Sasaki (played by Tasuku Emoto), says to Takumi in a joking way, “I like Kayoko.” Takumi’s feelings for Kayoko are unrequited, and the distance between her and Tomizo becomes closer.
      Meanwhile, Kei Shirata (played by Mitsuki Tanimura) is always listening to music in the corner of the classroom. Her dream is to someday become a writer specializing in music. One day, she becomes aware of Kazuya Tsujimoto’s (played by Naojiro Hayashi) presence, a boy in her class who plays in a rock band at school. She senses a similar vibe from him as herself, of someone who “feels” the music. By chance, they end up spending some time together in the biology room after school to clean it, and have a great time chatting about their favorite music. “I’ve never hit it off so well with someone,” says Kazuya, and suddenly, the world looks like a much brighter and more vivid place for Kei. Rock music blares in her heart.
      Their final school festival is coming up. Kazuya asks Kei to write the lyrics for a song that he has written for the first time, and this triggers various dramas in the seniors’ lives. Kei’s heartfelt words, born out of her many painful experiences, resonate in Kayoko, and also affect Tomizo and Takumi.
      The seasons change as the feelings of these five seniors intersect each other. Their graduation day, the day they say good-bye, is drawing near.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Mar 01, 2007
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