Shigatsu monogatari (April Story) (1998)
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Lonely Hokkaido girl moves to Tokyo for university and to track down a high school crush. April Story has got to be one of the most modernly Japanese movies I've seen, whatever that means. It's rather emotionally sophisticated for such a lean story, despite the really sentimental tone, and all the little details add up into something really nice. I could have done without the handheld camerawork and the digital lighting enhancing, and I wish the saccharine score was used more sparingly, but those're relatively small complaints. Definitely wanna check out more Shunji Iwai.
A good film filled with the feeling of something beginning anew. Small details (in all elements of cinema) which can be overlooked (not in a bad way) due to their naturalness are especially attractive.
(***): Thumbs Up A sweet, almost poetic film about love. A well-shot and well-acted film that doesn't overstay its welcome (its only about 70 minutes long).
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