2005   Japan Su-ki-da
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Director:Hiroshi Ishikawa
Studio:Andes Film Production
Writer:Hiroshi Ishikawa
IMDb Rating:7.3 (470 votes)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:104 min
Hiroshi Ishikawa  ...  (Director)
Hiroshi Ishikawa  ...  (Writer)
Aoi Miyazaki  ...  Yu - young
Hidetoshi Nishijima  ...  Yosuke
Hiromi Nagasaku  ...  Yu
Eita  ...  Yosuke - young
Ryo Kase  ...  
Maho Nonami  ...  
Nao Ohmori  ...  
Sayuri Oyamada  ...  Yu's elder sister
Yôko Kanno  ...  Composer
Hiroshi Ishikawa  ...  Cinematographer
Kôji Onomichi  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: I felt Ishikawa's previous film, Tokyo.Sora, set out to make boring an accomplishment so I wasn't interested in seeing this until I discovered Hiromi Nagasaku in "Tenshi" and "Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!". She's a very versatile actress. The script and story here aren't much, typical melodrama, but Nagasaku, and her younger self counterpart played by Aoi Miyazaki, are truly engaging. I could literally see their thought and emotional processes. If you are going to leave the camera on an actor for minutes at a time without any dialog, you better have good actors. The director's signature long, pale, landscapey photography compliments well here.

Summary: Two kids meet near a floodgate after school. Yu is a shy 17 year old girl who sits down next to Yosuke as he plays his guitar. Yosuke recently gave up playing sports and has devoted himself to playing the guitar. He only plays a few lines over and over, as he tries to make a song from what he feels. Their relationship progresses tentatively as they both have difficulty in expressing their feelings and thoughts. One day Yu takes the initiative and kisses Yosuke. Yosuke responds by picking up his guitar and going home. Years later Yu wonders, Why did I cry? Why didnt I stop crying? Why?..while Yosuke wonders Why did I run away from you that time?

Fast forward seventeen years later. They havent seen each since their days in high school and now have moved on with their separate and empty lives. That is until one day they randomly meet during an audition. They agree to go out together after work for drinks. As the evening turns into the early morning, they are still awake sharing memories of their high school days. After 17 years Yosuke finally kisses Yu. Yu starts to cry again and they soon go to visit her older sister.

The next day Yosuke decides to call Yu and make good on a promise he made to her 17 years ago, that is he would play her his song when it is completed. Yu agrees to meet him again and Yosuke goes home to get his acoustic guitar. While on his way to meet Yu, fate deals a strange twist to their plans, perhaps this will be the moment where they can finally say Sukida.

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