WE CAN'T CHANGE THE WORLD BUT, WE WANNA BUILD A SCHOOL IN CAMBODIA

BOKUTACHI WA SEKAI WO KAERUKOTOGA DEKINAI

By Kenta FUKASAKU

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2011

1,500,000 yen could build an elementary school!
In a country that we only knew as a name on a map, we encountered smiles like the clear blue sky.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 126 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kenta FUKASAKU
    • Writer(s)
    • Shinsuke YAMAOKA
    • Synopsis
    • In August 2005, Kota, a second-year medical student, was living a daily life that was relatively enjoyable in its way with his buddies Shibayama and Yano. But he felt that something was lacking, and wondered if there was something that could change his boring routine. As he spent his days with this nagging feeling in the back of his mind, he happened to come across a pamphlet at the post office recruiting foreign aid volunteers.
      "Build a school for children with a roof over their heads. With a donation of 1,500,000 yen, a school with five classrooms can be built," it said.
      The moment he picked the pamphlet up, Kota's future changed.
      Kota immediately e-mails all of his acquaintances: "Let's build a school in Cambodia!" Whereas most of his friends dismiss his idea thinking that it is a prank or that it is impossible, Shibayama and Yano agree to help out, as well as Honda, a guy they meet at a party. The four make every effort to gather supporters by picking up girls at nightclubs and handing out flyers on campus, and manage to hold a successful charity event.
      Feeling that it is meaningless to just collect money, they venture on a study tour of Cambodia in order to research the local situation. But when they arrive at their destination, one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, Kota and the others witness a much harsher reality than they had ever imagined. People forced to live in villages where landmines still remain, the reality of patients infected with HIV, and children who are unable to go to school...
      Overwhelmed by the reality they faced, Kota and his friends return to Japan dejected, only to be hit with further misfortune. The president of the IT company that had been supportive of their endeavors is arrested in violation of the Securities and Exchange Act, and the reputation of their volunteer group plummets. Furthermore, their respective personal differences regarding future goals, love lives, and life-style choices end up causing discord among the four friends.
      Will Kota and his friends be able to collect the necessary amount of money?
      Will they be able to build a school for the children in Cambodia?
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