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DROWNING LOVE (OBORERU KNIFE)
Based on the best-selling comic "Oboreru Knife" by George Asakura, it is a story of a teen model Natsume falling in love with a mysterious boy Koh at first sight; both separately and together, Natsume tries to find her place in life through the relationship with Koh... The film is directed by young creator Ū-ki Yamato who delicately portraits a fragile teenage love, starring Japan's rising stars Nana Komatsu (Martin Scorsese's "Silence") and Masaki Suda ("The Light Shines Only There")
Natsume - a teen fashion model from Tokyo - feels empty inside after having moved into a country town with her family. One day, she meets Koh, heir of Shinto priest family ruling the area and finds herself falling under the spell of this selfish yet handsome boy, who makes her realize beauty and desire she has. Cursed by fate, a traumatic incident at the local summer festival breaks their ties. She gets over the incident and Koh gradually; however, no matter how she steps away from Koh, she cannot forget his dazzling world and the dream Natsume had. Can they find their love against the fate? Can Natsume find her desire for the future?
Original Comic "Oboreru Knife"
Written and illustrated by George Asakura, known for "Piece of Cake" which was also made into a movie in 2015, "Oboreru Knife" was serialized in the monthly Bessatsu Friend, published by Kodansha. Since the start of the comic in 2004, the series has been very popular and has sold more than 1.5 million copies.
Director Ū-ki Yamato
While studying in Sophia University, Yamato made a directorial debut with a short film "That Girl is Dancing by the Seashore", which won the Jury Awards at 2012 Tokyo Students Film Festival. In 2014, "Like a Fairy Tale" broke the box office record of late night screenings at Theatre Shinjuku, which is known as a gateway to success for independent films. In 2015, she received the Japan Film Professional Awards for Best New Director. Other than film directing, Yamato has been directing music videos for various artists such as idol group Nogizaka 46. "Drowning Love" marks as her second feature.
Nana Komatsu "Silence" (2016) "The World of Kanako" (2014)
Masaki Suda "The Light Shines Only There" (2014) "Backwater" (2013)
Daiki Shigeoka "The Magnificent Nine" (2016)
Mone Kamishiraishi "Lady Maiko" (2014)
Director / Screenplay by: Ū-ki Yamato "Count Five To Dream of You" (2014) "Like a Fairy Tale" (short, 2013)
Screenplay: Kishu Izuchi "Moon Child" (2003) "Kokkuri" (1997)
Director of Photography: Takahide Shibanushi "Bugmaster" (2006) "Bright Future" (2003)
Production Designer: Keiko Mitsumatsu "Our Little Sister" (2015) "Like Father, Like Son" (2013)
Original Comic: "Oboreru Knife" by George Asakura "Piece of Cake"
Release in Japan: November 2016 / 111 min / Vista / 5.1ch /
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