2007   Japan Dear Friends
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Director:Kazuyuki Morosawa
Studio:Toei Films
Writer:Yuiko Miura, Kazuyuki Morosawa
IMDb Rating:6.5 (155 votes)
Duration:114 min
Kazuyuki Morosawa  ...  (Director)
Yuiko Miura, Kazuyuki Morosawa  ...  (Writer)
Avery Fane  ...  DJ
Masaya Kikawada  ...  Yousuke
Keiko Kitagawa  ...  Rina
Yuika Motokariya  ...  Maki
Masaki Nishina  ...  
Shogo Ueno  ...  Cinematographer
Ikuro Fujiwara  ...  Composer
Eisuke Oohata  ...  Editor
Comments: This "my disease is worse than yours, so what's your fucking problem be-otch" melodrama didn't satisfy me. Keiko Kitagawa is apparently all the rage in Japan. She handles the emotional bits pretty well for a kid, and could have a future if she takes it seriously and doesn't fall back solely on her alleged beauty (I don't see it but I understand those who do). Problem here is with the script and direction, as in, "ok, here comes this scene." You can predict everything ahead of time. She's a total bitch, gets sick, learns a lesson, becomes a nurse, her friend dies. Not quite soap opera level but close.

Summary: DEAR FRIENDS follows a high-school student named Rina who believes that friends are not necessary and that they can only be used in times of need. Thus, she is unable to maintain a decent relationship with her friends and classmates. Her family's relationship is also lacking; her father does not care much about his family and her mother is over-protective.

Rina eventually discovers that she has a terminal illness and becomes hospitalized for an indefinite amount of time. In the hospital, she is not visited by her family, but by one of her classmates named Maki. Although Maki tells Rina that they were friends in primary school, Rina does not remember her, so Maki takes the opportunity to re-connect with her. A young girl who is also hospitalized tries to become friends with Rina, but she holds fast onto her mantra of friends being unnecessary.

Throughout her hospitalization, Rina begins to lose hope as her well-being falls apart, and she decides to jump off the hospital rooftop as she feels that no one no longer cares about her. However, she is stopped by Maki, who stabs herself in the chest with a knife and declares that she will share the same pain as Rina and that she does not want to lose her friend. Rina shows some hope again when she realizes that she can find friendship in

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