Birigyaru   2015   Japan Flying Colors
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Director:Nobuhiro Doi
Studio:Film Face
Writer:Hiroshi Hashimoto, Nobutaka Tsubota
IMDb Rating:7.5 (1,473 votes)
Awards:4 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Duration:117 min
Nobuhiro Doi  ...  (Director)
Hiroshi Hashimoto, Nobutaka Tsubota  ...  (Writer)
Kasumi Arimura  ...  Sayaka
Atsushi Itô  ...  Tsubota-Sensei
Nanami Abe  ...  Sayaka's friend Yui
Morio Agata  ...  Cram-school's president
Honami Kurashita  ...  Sayaka's friend Maki
Airi Matsui  ...  Sayaka's friend Mika
Rie Minemura  ...  
Yasuhi Nakamura  ...  
Shûhei Nomura  ...  Reiji
Yûhei Ohuchida  ...  Sayaka's younger brother
Kokoro Okuda  ...  Sayaka's younger sister
Tetsushi Tanaka  ...  Sayaka's father
Ken'ichi Yajima  ...  
Mochika Yamada  ...  12 years old Sayaka
Ken Yasuda  ...  Takashi-sensei
Eishi Segawa  ...  Composer
Comments: Remarkable how far at bay any sexual or romantic tension is kept. Nice work. You know what this is going to be and how it's going to end from the start. The film takes a big dip about two thirds in with speeches and melodramatic family drama, but other than that it's a gigantic ice cream sundae. Kasumi Arimura* has a lot of screen charisma for a young actress. The film wouldn't have worked without her. I also found the cram-school teacher adorable, if caricatured. So, it is what it is, and it's good at what it is. I cried four times.

*Kasumi Arimura made Strobe Edge work, albeit with Ryuichi Hiroki directing. She worked in I Am a Hero, but really should have been allowed to use her super zombie strength to rip that bad guy in half. She stars in another 2016 but upcoming Ryuichi Hiroki film: Natsumi's Firefly. Hiroki knows how to make stars of the actresses he chooses and seldom works with the same one more than once. Kasumi's future looks bright.

Summary: A high school girl, Sayaka Kudō was the bottom of the class. After a year, she improved her deviation value from 30 to 70, then passed Keio University that is considered one of the most difficult to enter in Japan.

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