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Toshiaki Toyoda

Aoi Haru (Blue Spring)

Edition 2003
83' - 2001 - Drama - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda Composer: Kenji Ueda With: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sôsuke Takaoka
"Blue Spring", the autobiographical short story collection by Manga artist Matsumoto Taiyo, is the latest from acclaimed young director Toyoda Toshiaki. His third film follows the award-winning crime thriller "Pornostar" and last year's documentary "Unchain". Ryuhei Matsuda, the androgynous samurai in Oshima's "Gohatto", plays Kujo, a master of the clapping game. To determine the class hierarchy the boys gather on the roof of the prison-like school to clap as many times as possible before falling from the precipice. The winner leads the gang and the loser falls. Kujo tires of the role of authoritarian despot as his interest in gardening blooms. But Aoki, his best friend (and disciple) rebels and their world is altered forever. A unique twist on "Lord of the flies".

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Credits

Director

Toshiaki Toyoda

Composer

Kenji Ueda

With

Ryûhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sôsuke Takaoka

Scenario

Toshiaki Toyoda

Director of Photography

Normichi Kasamatsu

Editor

Mototaka Kusakabe

Producer

Dai Miyazaki, Tomohiro Kobayashi

More information

Dialogue

Japanese

Countries of production

Japan

Year

2001

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