Shigatsu monogatari (April Story) (1998)





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Following up on the phenomenal success of his Love Letter and Swallowtail Butterfly, Shunji Iwai spins this sweet tale about a young lass' first steps in the bustle of the big city. Uzuki Nireno (Takako Matsu) is leaving her rural home in the snowy north of Hokkaido for college in Western Tokyo. Her transition to big city life isn't easy; she muffed her self-introduction in class and she had an unfortunate incident in a movie theater with an overly solicitous pervert. In spite of this, she starts to feel settled after she unpacks and after she explores her neighborhood. She also befriends tough-talking Saeko (Rumi) who invites her to join the school's fishing club. Though she initially has no interest in the pursuit, she soon is practicing her cast in a parking lot as upper classmen lavish her with attention. Uzuki, however, is not interested. When she was in high school, she fell for a hunky classmate (Seiichi Tanabe) who just so happens to be working in a local bookshop. Will she summon the courage to say "hi?" ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Takako Matsu
as Uzuki Nireno
Seiichi Tanabe
as Yamazaki
Kaori Fujii
as Teruko Kitao
as Saeko Sano
Kazuhiko Kato
as Man in gallery
Ken Mitsuishi
as Creep in Movie Theater
Kanji Tsuda
as Fukatsu
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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.

Alex Hiatt
Alex Hiatt

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.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

(***): 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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