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April Story (1998)

Shigatsu monogatari (original title)
In spring, a young girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo.

Director:

Shunji Iwai

Writer:

Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takako Matsu ... Uzuki Nireno
Seiichi Tanabe ... Yamazaki
Kaori Fujii Kaori Fujii ... Teruko Kitao
Rumi Rumi ... Saeko Sono
Kazuhiko Kato Kazuhiko Kato ... Kato
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Salaryman Fu no Otoko
Yôsuke Eguchi ... Oda Nobunaga
Tatsuya Ishii Tatsuya Ishii ... Akechi Mitsuhide
Masatô Ibu ... Saito Toshizo
Yoshiro Matsumoto Yoshiro Matsumoto ... Father
Noriko Fujima Noriko Fujima ... Mother
Somegorô Ichikawa Somegorô Ichikawa ... Son
Kio Matsumoto Kio Matsumoto ... Daughter
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Shoji
Tsunekazu Umeda Tsunekazu Umeda ... Removalist
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Storyline

In spring, a girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo. Once there, she's very lonely and finds out people aren't anywhere near as friendly like she'd hoped. Written by davidrf

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 March 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

April Story See more »

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Production Co:

Rockwell Eyes See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, the family who are seeing off Takako Matsu's character are the actress' real family. They include her father Koshiro Matsumoto, a film and kabuki actor; mother Noriko Matsumoto, a former actress; brother Ichikawa Zengoro VII, a kabuki actor and her elder sister Kiyo Matsumoto. See more »

Connections

References A River Runs Through It (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

HUNGARIAN DANCE NO. 5 F-SHARP MINOR
Music by Johannes Brahms
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a wonderful slow paced movie
23 November 2002 | by NocladorSee all my reviews

This is not a movie for everybody. It is very slow-paced and takes a long time to establish its main characters, their behavior and their feelings to each other. The movie observes the first days of a young Japanese girl after she has moved from Hokkaido, the Japanese equivalent of Kansas, to Tokyo to attend University. At first the girl is very insecure and nervous about her new situation, but gradually she becomes more secure and falls in love with a fellow student. That's all the Plot there is, but this movie is not about a big story, it is about a person. Over the course of the movie we feel and share the girls insecurities, loneliness and finally opening up. Seldom has a movie so masterfully and with so much passion for its characters captured the problems of leaving home, being lonely in a unknown mega city and to be for the first time on one's own feet. I can fully recommend this movie for everybody who likes films about life and people, that move at life's speed.


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