Uzuki Nireno, a shy girl from the countryside of northern Hokkaidō leaves her family and gets on a train bound for Tokyo so she can attend the university of her choice; to be near the boy she fell in love with, who moved to Tokyo from her hometown.
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The tone of the film invokes a sweet essence well but as a whole, it ends up being saccharine and there's a lack of substance. The struggle that often makes niceness in characters (or the world) stand out isn't really elaborated on and as such there's little that allows its main character to feel real. It languishes in gushy dream-like territory constantly, though I suppose some may appreciate that far more than I.
This is the third film i've seen by Shunji Iwai and i confess i've liked them all a lot! I really enjoyed watching them, they just convey a realistic feeling; they talk about life in a subtle way, being poetic and touching at the same time.
Bajingaaaaan. Shunji Iwai ini tahu banget cara bikin film dengan premis sederhana namun puitis. Music-scoringnya pun sangat manis. Kalo 40 menit Garden of Words-nya Shinkai yg menghangatkan dan mematahkan hati at the same time itu masih kurang, 60 menit April Story bisa menjadi desert yang tepat untuk menentramkan dan membasuh jiwa yg lelah.