sprawled out, lazy ol' masterpiece about sincerely really trying your best while you're still young enough. Yamashita eschews ironic distancing and strained intimacy, instead filming these youth with attentiveness and concern for their struggles, love and respect for their individual personhood, an almost unthinkable strategy for a teen movie.
simple yet very beautiful. if you're a fan of the blue hearts and japanese film then in all seriousness you NEED to watch this film. this is how a seishun-themed film should be. it makes you feel young again just by watching it and next thing you know you will be reminiscing high school years. and oh have i mentioned how badass the girls were? sit back, relax and enjoy the film because THIS is the ultimate getaway
The cinematic equivalent of being a teenager and listening to The Raincoats' debut album for the first time. This is a movie about music and youth unmuddied by cynicism or nostalgia, uplifting and inspiring in its simplicity. Let's everybody play music we care about with our friends, now.
Bae Doo Na has the comedic and dramatic timing that reminds me of a young Giueiletta Masina. A marvelous film that reminded me strongly of old John Hughes movies along with the somewhat recent "Once". I hope the cult following grows larger for this wonderful little film.