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HONEY AND CLOVER
(Hachimitsu to Kuroba)
Best Actress Yokohama Film Fest
Takemoto (Sho Sakurai of boy band Arashi) is an art student under the tutelage of Professor Hanamoto, whose parties brings him and art students Mayama and Yamada together. At a party in the opening scene, Takemoto is introduced to Hagu, Hanamoto's cousin's daughter, who recently entered the school on a scholarship, whereupon Takemoto falls instantly in love. However, trouble occurs in the form of Takemoto's neighbor Morita, a popular, talented, and temperamental older student who has just returned from a long trip. Morita is instantly impressed by Hagu's abstract paintings, and Hagu, in turn, begins to admire Morita's sculpting skills. Meanwhile, Yamada has become infatuated with Mayama, who is hopelessly in love with his boss Rika, even to the point of stalking her and collecting her personal possessions. Even when Mayama rejects Yamada, she remains in love with him for some inexplicable reason. The five come together for Morita's gallery opening, but an impulsive trip to the beach threatens to change a few things about their lives... Based on the hit Japanese comic, Honey and Clover is a romantic comedy that is the latest entry in a long line of Japanese manga adaptations. The lives of these five art university students and their romantic complications is their rite of passage to make sense of the relationship between life and art, in this bittersweet love story of young love.
Directed by Masahiro Takasa, Japan, 2006, 35mm, 116 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.