Movie: Like Grains of Sand
Alt. Names: 渚のシンドバッド, Nagisa no Shindobaddo
Country of Origin: Japan
Summary: A coming-of-age story. Shuji, a Japanese teen, is falling in love with his friend Hiroyuki. However, Hiroyuki is attracted to Kasane, the new girl in their class.
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I really, really like movies like this one. Japanese dramas in general have a certain vibe, something calm, a sort of rush, but without rushing. This movie is no different.
Like Grains of Sand deals with a variety of topics, from bullying to homosexuality to rape to plain teenage torments. It’s not only a coming of age film, but so much more. It shows the awkwardness of being a teenager and confusion in front of new feelings; we see a group of kids basically learning how to be.
The movie is masterfully made, I enjoyed the long scenes, the casting is about perfect with amazing chemistry between the characters and great display of their inner struggles. I could not have asked for a better movie to watch right now (as I just finished watching it) and it sure opened my appetite for more of Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s creations.
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