“Spring in Between” was the winner of a movie treatment contest and Rika Katsu – who also works as a manga editor – brings her own proposal to life. Well-known actor Hio Miyazawa stars as the challenged artist.
“Spring in Between” is the winner the movie proposal contest, the Kando Cinema Awards, which led to the production of the movie.
Born in 1992, Rika Katsu both directs and writes the movie. Multi-talented Katsu also works as a manga editor and many of the manga she has handled have been adapted into TV dramas. Katsu has been involved in movie production since her university days and “Spring in Between” is her first commercial release and first full-length movie.
Tohru Okunai, the sensitive painter with a developmental disability, is played by Hio Miyazawa who won many best newcomer awards in Japan for his role in director Rikiya Imaizumi’s movie “his.” In 2022, he was awarded the best newcomer award for director Daihachi Yoshida’s movie “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction” at the Japanese Academy Awards.
“I like you, but you can’t understand how I feel.”
Haru is a magazine editor in her third year at a publishing company. She is constantly scolded by her boss and finds it difficult to communicate with her live-in boyfriend. One day, she encounters the painter Tohru Okunai, who only uses blue in his paintings. In spite of being hailed as a genius, Okunai suffers from a learning disability. He says what he thinks without a filter, is open about his feelings and is unable to lie. Haru, finds herself more and more drawn to him as his honesty wins our self-conscious heroine over. Although Haru attempts to close the physical distance between them, she is hurt when Okunai cannot understand her intentions. On the other hand, a female photographer who works on a shoot with Haru and Okunai, appears to strike up a more solid bond with the painter. Haru is tossed and torn between many elements in her life in this touching love story.
■ 23rd Nippon Connection (2023)
- Nippon Cinema
- Hio Miyazawa (宮沢氷魚), Sakurako Konishi (小西桜子)
- Written & Directed by
- Rika Katsu (葛里華)
- Japan release
- May 26, 2023
- 103 min.
- Romance, Drama
- Technical Specs
- Color / 1:1.85 / Digital / 5.1ch