Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Coming of Age, Youth

Rainbow Days


Directed by: Ken Iizuka

Year: 2018

Length: 109 minutes

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Screens in: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne


Youth only comes around once

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Rainbow Days follows the lives of four high school friendsNatchan (Reo Sano), the hopeless romantic; Mattsun (Taishi Nakagawa), the narcissistic playboy; Tsuyopon (Mahiro Takasugi), the studious otaku; and Kei-chan (Ryusei Yokohama), the cheerful one with questionable hobbies. Homework and exams aside, they’re determined to live the best years of their lives.

When the boys find out that Natchan, the group’s awkward turtle, is in love with Anna, their schoolmate, they attempt to play the role of wingmen. Needless to say, they only make things more difficult for Natchan. But their group unexpectedly grows and with new friends come sunnier days ahead.

Director Ken Iizuka (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, The Blue Hearts) directs a charismatic cast led by talented emerging actors Mahiro Takasugi (Before We Vanish) and Taishi Nakagawa (ReLIFE).

Based on a popular manga, this coming of age drama is the perfect mix of daydreams and reality. Discover the charms of high school life in Japan, cringe at awkward situations that are all too relatable, and tag along the characters’ silly adventures as if they were your own buddies.


Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane


Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


Hoyts Melbourne Central, Melbourne

Director: Ken Iizuka

Original Story: Minami Mizuno

Screenplay: Rika Nezu and Ken Iizuka

Cast: Reo Sano, Taishi Nakagawa, Mahiro Takasugi, Ryusei Yokohama, Ai Yoshikawa and Yuri Tsunematsu

Genre: Coming of Age, Youth

Format: DCP colour