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Boy's Choir (2000)

Dokuritsu shônen gasshô-dan (original title)
The lives of two orphan boys begin to intertwine when the choir and the feelings they share bring them closer to one another.

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Akira Ogata

Writer:

Kenji Aoki
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Credited cast:
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Michio Yanagida
Sora Tôma Sora Tôma ... Yasuo Ito
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Seino
Ryoko Takizawa Ryoko Takizawa ... Satomi
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Michio's Uncle
Reita Serizawa Reita Serizawa ... Tanaka
Jun Kunimura ... Michio's Father
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Kiba
Kihachi Okamoto Kihachi Okamoto ... School Head
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kae Minami Kae Minami
Osamu Shigematu Osamu Shigematu ... Doctor
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10 February 2000 (Germany) See more »

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Music, politics and love
15 October 2010 | by gothic_a666See all my reviews

Despite it's title, 'Boy's Choir' is not so much about a group of singers as it is about two boys in particular that strike a rather ambiguous relationship. Music is the vehicle through which they grow but it is also mingled with a political awareness. Artistic discipline lends itself very well to spreading a doctrinal message and the boys read about the Russian revolution in between intense rehearsal sessions. As someone who has been in a choir I can only commend the enthusiasm that veers of military training.

But it is here that the danger lies: too much devotion for a cause can result in destruction. The nostalgic aura that pervades the movie is already a hint of later developments. Very interesting is the way the main boys relate to each other. It starts as something conventional, the star of the company befriending the clumsy stuttering newcomer and showing him the wonders of singing, to develop into a complicated web of dependence and complicity in which it is the by now well adjusted new comer that supports the off kilter shining star. While I did come across this title in a list of gay themed movies there are only undertones of homo-erotic tension. And these suffice to convey the confusing awkwardness of going through puberty.

Ultimately, it is precisely an inability to progress toward adulthood and accepting all that comes with it that leads to the climax. It is always very refreshing to find a movie with teenagers that manages to go beyond clichés and this is such a movie. Choir life is captured perfectly. The combination of political and individual concerns set against a mildly religious background is seamless. Character growth is at the heart of it all.

Covering a vast emotional spectrum and relying on wonderful acting 'Boy's Choir' is not an easy watch but a rewarding one.


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