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Nagisa no Shindobaddo, (Like Grains of Sand) (1995)

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Ryosuke Hashiguchi follows up on his critically acclaimed debut Hatachi No Binetsu -- a film about gay hustlers -- with this emotionally honest film about growing up. Shuji Ito (Yoshinori Okada) is a gay high school senior in love with his best friend, the naïve and straight-laced Hiroyuki Yoshida (Kouta Kusano). Yet Ito is too afraid of messing up his friendship with Yoshida and destroying his persona as a "normal" high school student to tell him. Meanwhile, Yoshida as fallen for the new transfer student Kasane Aihara (Ayumi Hamazaki), who harbors her own dark secret -- a brutal rape has left her unable to respond to anything sexual. Her classmates' usual schoolgirl politics bore her and she bluntly tells them so. At the same time, shy Ayako Shimizu (Kumi Takada) has fallen for Yoshida while Aihara finds herself strangely drawn to Ito. She senses his secret, which, however much he tries to maintain his facade, sets him apart. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast

Ayumi Hamazaki
as Kasane Aihara
Shizuka Isami
as Rika Matsuo
Kouta Kusano
as Hiroyuki Yoshida
Yoshinori Okada
as Shuji Ito
Kumi Takada
as Ayako Shimizu
Kouji Yamaguchi
as Touru Kanbara
Ryosuke Hashiguchi
as Teacher (uncredited)
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