Great intro as usual with Toyoda. Hschool japanese thug stuff is my shit anyway. There is always a kinda of punk melancholy or a rebel sadness emphasis with the last year of Hschool. Very accurate. And mein gosh, the soundtrack ! I miss my Hschool days tho... Also, Ryuhei Matsuda babyface... :O
Giuro che per una mezzora ho pensato che potesse essere il suo film minore, ma poi arrivano quegli ultimi dieci minuti. Zyobo'. Studiate, mandatelo a memoria. Quando fa un rallenti lui sai che sta per accadere il peggio, l'inevitabile, anche quando cazzo è didascalico è superiore a tutte le ultime dieci edizioni di Sundance, di quel cinema di adolescenti fatto di inquadrature di nuche a caso.
a cult classic extraordinaire. very realistic despite being a very artistic film. im gonna warn you guys first, you're gonna have mixed feelings after you finished watching this because despite the comedy and actions, aoi haru is very depressing. long story short, it was beautifully heartbreaking. LOVE the soundtrack btw
in the last two nights i've watched two films based on two of my all-time favourite manga - sono's himizu and toyoda's blue spring. i figured this would be near impossible to adapt, and although it took some chopping and changing, he came out with something just as evocative, and something that hits really close to home for people who came from this kind of no hope background, like i did.
a very interesting take on the original manga. although i really love the manga, i think the tighter focus on certain moments was a good idea and made for a more compelling film experience. moments told only briefly in the book are examined with a different depth since you can't take your time on each page, and so those serious moments translate beautifully and are all the more heartbreaking. well done, sir.