DIRECTOR: RYUICHI HIROKI
From veteran filmmaker Ryuichi Hiroki comes a touching drama about youthful dreams and growing up. ‘I’ (Ai Hashimoto) couldn’t wait to leave her small own after high school and spent 10 years working in Tokyo. But the big city wasn’t all its cracked up to be, and she’s returned home to work at a local magazine. Picking up her best friend from school, they embark on a trip across town and down memory lane to find out what happened to the most popular boy in school. *
I was lost at the beginning to mid-movie. The movie done a really good job of bringing all the stories and events together. This is not a one-time watch movie. I think I would need to watch it at least one more time to pick up on the things I missed the first time.
I think we can all see ourselves like Ai was.
We often see the town where we are from as boring, but “boring is ok” is the message in the movie. Though they did not say it in the movie (I think) it was supposed to mean “a place is as boring as you think it is.”
This movie shows the contrast of what we think will happen and what does happen.
I honestly don’t know, I will have to watch this movie a few more times to better understand why I like it.
Of the movies I seen this year this is #2
My rating is 5/5 stars!
*Synopsis from https://www.dropbox.com/s/kc6twvxmmmhrjgu/HIFF_2018-program%20guide-PDF%20Download.pdf?dl=0