Drama, Slice of Life

Summer Blooms


Directed by: Ryutaro Nakagawa
2017 / 93 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult


A slice-of-life film that captures those delicate moments before life-changing decisions are made

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Summer in Tokyo is always the same—the days are sunny and the evenings balmy. But this summer will be different for former school teacher Hatsumi (Aki Asakura).

The quaint soba shop Hatsumi works at is closing down and an old student, the kooky and energetic Kaede (Yuriko Kawasaki), suddenly shows up in her life. For the first time in years, Hatsumi finds the possibility of romance in Totaro (Takahiro Miura), a craftsman working in the same neighbourhood.

One thing leads to another in this slice of life drama and director Ryutaro Nakagawa ensures that he captures every moment of it. Director Nakagawa elegantly captures the minutiae of daily life in this gentle slice-of-life drama.

39th Moscow International Film Festival – Winner, FIPRESCI Award

Summer Blooms offers touching drama without the usual melodrama of recent Japanese films. Filmmaker Ryutaro Nakagawa captures the nuances of emotions and relationships in a way that pays homage to classic Japanese cinema. The result is an authentic and charming film exploring human nature.

Saturday 17th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Saturday 24th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Ryutaro Nakagawa

Screenplay: Ryutaro Nakagawa

Producer: George Wada and Takashi Fujimura

Executive Producer: Shunichiro Ishikawa and Hikaru Kinouchi

Cast: Aki Asakura, Takahiro Miura and Yuriko Kawasaki

Genre: Drama, Slice of Life

Format: DCP colour