The movie is based on Japanese manga (comic) written by Ryouhei Saigan in 1973. It tells a story of people in Tokyo urban neighborhood situated near the location where Tokyo Tower was being built in the 33rd Shōwa period (1958.) It was a post-war era when new technology, such as television, washing machine and refrigerator, emerged and economic boom was about to begin. Some people still lived with painful past while the others were looking forward to the bright future…
The storyline of the movie is simple as it opens with an introduction of all main characters whose lives are related in the "third street" neighborhood. The story develops through the change of Japanese 4 seasons from summer, to autumn, to winter and, finally, to spring concurrent with the construction of Tokyo Tower to its completing. This reflected perfectly the Japanese way of life which related highly with the seasons. Japanese cultural remarks are perfectly put into the movie with marvelous visual effects that reproduce the era, including the half-built Tokyo Tower. Thus, the audiences could truly feel the good old memories of Tokyo in the 50’s and be carried way with laughter and tears throughout the movie.
This optimistic and extremely feel-good movie is directed by Takashi Yamazaki and is packed full of veteran and powerful cast and crews. It’s no doubt why the movie is ranked as one of the highest grossing Japanese movie in 2005. The movie also won 12 Japanese Academy Awards in 2006 including Best Picture.
5 Stars out of 5 – You could remember those good old days through this feel-good movie.
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