KIMI NO TOMODACHI

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KIMI NO TOMODACHI

YOUR FRIENDS

Hiroki Ryuichi
J, 2008
Fiction, 125min, OmeU

KIMI NO TOMODACHI

Hiroki Ryuichi
J, 2008
Fiction, 125min, OmeU

Cast: 
Ishibashi Anna
Emi
Kitaura Ayu
Yuka
Fukushi Seiji
Nakahara
Yoshitaka Yuriko
Hanai
Screenplay: 
Saito Hiroshi nach einer Erzählung von Shigematsu Kiyoshi
Sound: 
Fukada Akira
Camera: 
Ashizawa Akiko
Editor: 
Onaga Masahiro
Decoration: 
Yamashita Shinji
Costume: 
Ogura Hisano

Production: 
WOWOW 1-5-8, Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-8080, Japan T 3 5414 8175 info@wowow.co.jp
World Sales: 
Bitters End 3F., 13-3, Nanpeidai, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0036, Japan T 3 3462 0345 info@bitters.co.jp
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Your Friends shows that a childhood friendship can last a lifetime, in memory if nowhere else. The film examines various sorts of friendships, but its narrative core is a relationship between two girls that begins from conditions neither of them want, but becomes something as essential to them as air. Hiroki's heroines are Emi and Yuka, who begin the film as classmates in elementary school. Yuka has a degenerative kidney disease that make hard exercise dangerous, Emi has a permanent limp from a traffic accident - that was inadvertently caused by Yuka. Emi resents Yuka for this - and her anger reduces Yuka to tears. Emi's heart softens - and the two girls become fast friends, a bond, strengthened by their disabilities, that their healthy classmates can neither understand not share. As they grow to young womanhood, Emi finds herself alone again. But she cannot forget the old friend - or her story about a cloud in the hospital children's playroom that made her feel happy and free. (Mark Schilling)