Summer Vacation 1999
Alternative Title: Summer Vacation 1999; Summer of 1999; 1999 - Nen no natsu yasumi; 1999 年の夏休み
Director: Shusuke Kaneko
Year of Release: 1988
Duration: 90 min
Romantic and beautifully realized, this film tells the story of four boys who experience the adolescent birth pangs of romantic love, sexual awareness and jealousy. Left behind at boarding school during their vacation, the teenagers' summer idyll is disrupted by the arrival of another youth who seems to reincarnate a dead friend. Delicate and provocative, Kaneko's film creates a haunting image of youth suspended between innocence and experience, androgyny and sexual maturity.