A movie about the struggles of a few teenagers (about 18) of a school in Japan. One of the boys has fallen in love with his best friend and cannot hide this any longer.
In the end we have a coalition of Ito and Aihara – who may or may not be in love with Ito (or with Yoshida)- teaching Yoshida a lesson. All characters are students and a reference to bullying is not missing.
The movie tries to create an understanding for his same-sex feelings by showing a parallel development of a relation between a boy and a girl.
This is not a film only about same-sex relations. One message of the film may be that it doesn’t matter if a boy loves a boy or a girl. The complexity of the motivations of the characters reflect the motivations of modern Japanese teenagers. Much of the emphasis seems to be in the story itself, which is extremely subtle.
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Original Title: Nagisa no Shindobaddo
Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Stars: Yoshinori Okada, Ayumi Hamasaki, Kouji Yamaguchi
Run time: 129 min