Japan Movie 2018
Ao Natsu (Japanese Movie Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance, Drama, Family, Youth, School
- Release Date: 2018
- Origin: Japan; Adapted from a Manga
- Film: 1hr 53 min
- Aoi Wakana as Rio
- Sano Hayato as Ginzo
- Furuhata Saita as Marika
- Kizu Takumi as Yumi
- Mizuishi Atomu as Naimo
- Akita Shiori as Satsuki
- Kumada Rinka as Aya
- Minamida Ryoka as Sota MInami
I was slightly wary to start this film as it was almost two hours with cast I have not heard of before.
But once started, the seconds turned into minutes and into an hour and then quickly finished before long.
It was interesting and the scenery was to die for. Beautiful, beautiful cinematography. The panoramic view of mountains and river and bridges were just stunning.
Rio and Sota are sister and brother whose parents are always busy at work which always involved traveling.
As it was summer vacation of 40 days off school, their mother sent them to stay with their grandmother in the countryside.
Both children were exhilarated with the view from the train.
They were excited.
Sixteen-year-old Rio was appreciating her surrounding when she spotted a cute looking boy who thought she was a tourist and proceeded to give her direction to scenic places in the area. He also gave her a postcard as a remembrance of the place.
Rio was in love. She had told her friends that she would be looking for her fated at the countryside. Within five minutes and she seemed to have found him.
When she had finally wheeled their suitcase into her grandma’s teahouse, she was happy to see her gran.
Then she noticed the boy she was speaking to just a few minutes ago. He works part-time at her grandma.
She thought, the holiday just got better.
She gave the boy a sweet friendly smile but she was met by an angry look instead.
He later told her that he was not impressed with how they are ignoring their grandmother while they were having a good time in Tokyo.
Rio was upset with the boy, Ginzo. She cycled away. With her fury, she crashed her bike and she fell in a ravine.
Her grandma got worried when she had not returned. She told Ginzo that Rio was nowhere to be found.
Ginzo asked grandma if she was upset by her family for ignoring her.
The Grandma quickly denied that she was being ignored. In fact she said she comes and goes to Tokyo all the time and the children take care of her. She then proceeded to show photos of her many adventures in Tokyo with the family.
Ginzo found Rio and apologised to her.
Ginzo introduced Rio to his friends including to Marika, who was his betrothed. Their parents had been wishing that the two get married one day. Marika was up for it but Ginzo was still indifferent with the idea was he was only senior in high school.
Rio’s holiday was fun and happy, so happy that she really thought she was in love with Ginzo and confessed to him.
Ginzo turned her down as he said he was too busy to think of romance and dating. He was also helping in his father’s liquor shop, which he would inherit and managed one day. Ginzo, however, had other dreams, he wanted to become a poster/billboard artist since he could remember.
Rio’s friends from Tokyo came to visit. One of the friends was Kannal who was interested in her.
Rio, entertained her friends and showed them around.
Ginzo realised that Rio is popular and he was not the only fish in the sea. Ginzo began competing with Kanna. He then asked Rio that he thought she liked him?
When her friends had left for Tokyo, Rio told Ginzo that she would like to be his girlfriend for the duration of her remaining holiday. Afterwards, he could go back to his old life and forget about her.
Ginzo was scandalised. He said that it would hurt him too much but at the same time they ended up in a relationship.
Marika was not happy and had warned Rio.
Rio’s mother came to stay for a while as well and had met Ginzo. She encouraged her daughter to seize the day because she was only sixteen once.
The mother met Ginzo and remembered him a young child who liked drawing.
Rio’s mother was actually Ginzo’s father’s ex-girlfriend. The father asked her if Rio is his. The mother said that NO. She told Ginzo’s dad that it was unfair for him to saddle Ginzo with the shop without giving him any other option.
The father said that he knew. He was actually waiting for Ginzo to say something, only then he can be assured that Ginzo is brave enough to live and study in Tokyo.
Rio’s holiday was over and left without telling Ginzo, who found out from the grandma only.
Rio resumed her life in Tokyo. She was asked by her friend if she found her fated.
She said no.
Kanna asked her out but in the end she told him that she was not into him. Kanna was a gentle boy and told her that more or less he knew. He then said that he saw Ginzo not too long ago.
Rio ran to find Ginzo, she ran everywhere until the only place left that she could think of where he would be at was the area where he said he got lost when he first came to Tokyo.
When she got there, he was not there. She just collapsed on the ground, heartbroken and then from behind her, Ginzo asked what she was doing.
They made up and then Ginzo told her to wait for him to finish high school and then he will return to Tokyo to study art.
Thank you, Rjgman56 for the sub