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Direct from Rotterdam
466 Ratings



Directed by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Japan, 2017
Drama, War
  • Japanese
  • English
Direct from Rotterdam


Spring, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Toshihiko attends school in the coastal town of Karatsu, where his aunt cares for his ailing cousin. Immersed in the seaside’s nature and culture, Toshihiko soon befriends the town’s other extraordinary adolescents as they all contend with the war’s gravitational pull.

Our take

With the invigoratingly eclectic Rotterdam Film Festival now taking place, we’re presenting three boldly imagined gems found by our curators at the last edition. From the director of the cult favorite Hausu comes an exuberantly stylized yet tender and moving story of love and friendship in wartime.

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Critics reviews

It’s awash in the poetic dreams of youth, aswoon with love and death and poetry and moonlight.
July 19, 2018
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It’s ultimately a cautionary plea to avoid the perils of the past, in the form of an auteurist fever dream.
July 18, 2018
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The result is a phantasmagoria of rapid cutting, perfervid acting and extravagant visuals, with the moon a giant ball bathing the sea and islands near Karatsu in heavenly splendor.
December 06, 2017
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