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Dogwood Tree (2010)

Hanamizuki (original title)
Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru... See full summary »

Director:

Nobuhiro Doi

Writer:

Noriko Yoshida (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yui Aragaki ... Sae
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Kohei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nichola Grant Nichola Grant
Manatsu Hayashi Manatsu Hayashi
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Keiichi hirasawa (as Arata)
Yûta Kanai ... Tamotsu ohno
Kelly Karavites ... Himself (credit only)
Dirk Keysser Dirk Keysser
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Makato Endo
Yû Koyanagi
Yutaka Matsushige ... Kenjiro Kiuchi
Kaori Mizushima Kaori Mizushima
Misaki Mori Misaki Mori
Anastasia Morsucci Anastasia Morsucci ... Co-Worker
Osamu Mukai ... Junichi Kitami
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Storyline

Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru) in Hokkaido, Japan. Her father Kemimichi (Arata) once planted a dogwood tree in their garden after he found out he had a terminal disease and could not watch Sae grow up. She hopes to enter a university in Tokyo. She then meets Kouhei (Toma Ikuta), who attends a specialized high school teaching fishery. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a fisherman. These two young people meet and have a long distance relationship. Although their love is strong it does not last. 10 years later these two people have a miracle ... (Source: Asian Wiki)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 August 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogwood Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,990,888
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Hanamizuki
Performed by Yo Hitoto
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Worth watching for the brilliant Toma & Gakky
21 December 2010 | by Aimar_the_hobbitSee all my reviews

There are many reasons why Hanamizuki is considered a must-see film. 1. It is directed by Nobuhiro Doi, director of great romance films and series such as Be With You and Nada Sou Sou. 2. It is starred by Ikuta Toma, Aragaki Yui, and Mukai Osamu. OMG!!! >0< 3. It is based on the most beautiful song of the same name by Hitoto You. ... and so on.

I almost screamed out of joy when knowing that it would be released in Thailand at Apex and House cinemas and managed to get some tickets to the Thailand film premiere at last.

Hanamizuki tells a tear-jerking love story similar to Be With You and Nada Sou Sou (but not as much tear-jerking as the two Doi's previous films). The film is sad, but I found it encouraging rather than depressing. Kind of encouraging people to be true to love.

Toma, Gakky, and Osamu have all delivered such great performances. So talented and natural as they are, fans will not be disappointed. The scenery in the film were also very well-chosen. On the other hand, the plot of the film is a bit too 'soap opera' and has pulled down the film somewhat, pity.

All in all, the film is definitely worth watching for the brilliant Toma & Gakky, just don't expect too much of the plot. ^^

*Notice* Please continue watching the end credits to see various nice pics.


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