Best Japanese high school movies

- last updated October 2017 -

  • Ao Haru Ride (2014)

summary: When she was a middle school student, Futaba Yoshioka liked Kou Tanaka who was unlike the other boys and quite gentle. Kou Tanaka then moved away and they lost contact.At the end of Futaba Yoshioka’s first year as a high school student she meets Kou Tanaka again. Kou Tanaka’s name has changed to Kou Mabuchi and his personality seems different from his middle school days.

  • Heroine Disqualified (2015)

summary: Matsuzaki Hatori is a female high school student who has a crush on her childhood friend, Terasaka Rita. She believes her life is like a shojo manga and Rita will eventually choose her as his heroine. However, Rita begins dating Adachi Miho, a nerdy girl in their classroom. Even though Rita dated before, Hatori feels that Rita really likes Miho and it is the first time Hatori feels threatened by Rita’s girl. Because of Hatori’s jealousy, the most popular playboy student, Hiromitsu Kosuke, takes an interest in Hatori.

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@machigaeru​ and anyone interested in Japanese cinema.

Keep in mind, these are movies that I love, and whole-heartedly recommend, but my taste is far from universal (I have a lifetime of blank stares backing up that statement), so proceed at your own risk. Mostly critics like them though, so I know I’m not alone.

The taste of tea (茶の味)
2004, Katsuhito Ishii (石井 克人)

One of my favourite movies of all times. You know when you love something so much, you have trouble articulating it? That’s me here. I like every detail of the story, the cinematography and the characters. It feels like a dozen great movies rolled into one (in a good way). 

It’s the story of an eccentric family living in the countryside, and their everyday life. It’s quirky, joyous, beautiful and serene and sad all at once. Watch it! 

(I’m putting the rest under a link, because it got long…)

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