The Friends

The Friends
  • Saturday, June 6, 15:45 Cinema in the German Film Museum
    (Tickets only available at the German Film Museum)
  • 夏の庭
    Natsu no niwa
  • Japan 1994, HDcam, 113 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Shinji SOMAI
  • Script: Yozo TANAKA based on a novel by Kazumi YUMOTO
  • Camera: Noboru SHINODA
  • Music: Sergio Assad
  • World sales: Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation
  • Cast: Rentaro MIKUNI, Chikage AWASHIMA, Akira EMOTO
  • German premiere

During summer holidays, three boys discover the solitary house of an eccentric old man. Hoping to discover his corpse when he dies, they spy on him. But soon the boys form a strong bond with him, even replanting his overgrown garden. As they learn the reason for his bitterness, they set out a plan to help him. Once more, director Shinji SOMAI proves his skill in working with child actors. Completely entering a children’s world, and yet observing the characters from a distant perspective, THE FRIENDS tells a charming and moving coming-of-age-story.

In cooperation with the Japan Foundation Tokyo and the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne


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