Kazuo Kuroki2001-2010AsianDramaJapan

Kazuo Kuroki – Utsukushii natsu kirishima AKA A Boy’s Summer in 1945 (2002)

Commencing well-respected Nippon director Kazuo Kuroki’s sixth decade behind the camera, “A Boy’s Summer in 1945” (literally “A Beautiful Summer in Kirishima”) is a lyric, novelistic drama set in the countryside in the last days before Japan’s surrender ending WWII. Striking a welcome retro note in its languid pacing and delicate handling of seriocomic ensemble threads, handsome production is a natural for fests. It might also prove a cornerstone for retrospectives or ancillary releases of works by a helmer (“Preparation of the Festival,” “Ronin-gai”) who’s long been appreciated at home but has won just limited attention abroad.


Japan in the painful aftermath of World War II. The film centres on 15-year-old Yasuo and the adults around him as they go through their usual routines during this unusual time. Yasuo feels guilty for surviving when so many of his classmates were killed. He witnessed the death of his best friend during the bombing and the memory of it tortures him. The others, too, have their own crosses to bear. Meanwhile, a poor widow and a wounded soldier meet surreptitiously, a beautiful wife bids farewell to her first lover, and a maidservant marries a veteran who has returned home without his leg. So many lives, so many loves… Yasuo is gradually losing control of himself…

1.74GB | 1h 58m | 860×366 | mkv



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