The debut novel by an 18-year old high school girl, which vividly depicts the ambiguous mind of a sensitive girlhood, made an impact on the world of literature, and is finally made into a film.
Starring YUI ICHIKAWA ("NANA 2", "JUON"), one of the most popular models in Japan, who takes a challenge to perform naked in scenes for the first time. Adding to the cast, young and fame-rising actor SOSUKE IKEMATSU is cast in its supporting role. The script was penned by HARUHIKO ARAI ("Vibrator", "Yawarakai Seikatsu"), who has been best known for his provocative works in films. Mr. Arai portrays a candid story of this young girl and inside her mind.
"It's okay at least you need me. Even if only my body is an object to fulfill your desire." An unrequited love and its bared lust... the movie successfully portrays the two's struggling relationship candidly and deeply.
In 1978, in the small room, Emiko and Hiroshi warm their wet and cold bodies each other. Emiko recalls the day her father died and starts crying. Hiroshi gently put his arm around her and said “you never cried like this before”. Emiko and Hiroshi met when they were in high school. Emiko was in the freshman year and Hiroshi was senior but both belonged to newspaper club. One day, when Emiko skipped her class and killed the time in the clubroom, Hiroshi came and suddenly asked her to kiss. “Do you like me?” “No, I don’t. But I wanna kiss you.” Emiko could not resist him and they kissed passionately. After school on the same day, Emiko asked Hiroshi to come and see her at the café. Emiko revealed her feeling toward him but only he said was “I was just interested in woman’s body. It didn’t have to be you.” Since then, Hiroshi started to avoid her because of his guilty but she could not stand to be invisible for him so she decided to be a convenient girl for him. A year later, Hiroshi graduated school and went to Tokyo. Even if they got separated, they kept having a physical relationship. Emiko was still crushed on him so bad, and she could not concentrate in her study and ended up to be failed all exams for entering collages. Her mother could not stand to see such daughter and accused and called her promiscuous, but it was pointless for her.
Another year later, 1978, Emiko moved to Tokyo and works at flower shop as a part-time job. One day, Emiko told Hiroshi that her mother visit her few days, and asked him not to come her house. Hiroshi seemed not to be happy and he came her house after all. Now he is the one who fall in love with her and try to get her heart. The situation became different as it used to be and the position turned upside down.
■44th International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015)
- Spectrum Premieres
- Yui Ichikawa (市川由衣), Sosuke Ikematsu （池松壮亮) Madoka Sakai (阪井まどか), Sakiko Takao (高尾祥子), Masaki Miura (三浦誠己) / Kumi Nakamura (中村久美)
- Hiroshi Ando (安藤尋)
- Haruhiko Arai (荒井晴彦)
- Original Novel / “Umi wo Kanjiru Toki”(kodansha)
- Kei Nakazawa（中沢けい）
- Japan release
- September 13, 2014
- Drama, Romance
- Technical Specs
- Color / 1:1.85 / Digital / 5.1ch