Drama Slice of Life

Summer Blooms (四月の永い夢)




© Tokyo New Cinema, WIT STUDIO

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.

Year: 2017

Length: 93

Format: DCP colour

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

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Drama Slice of Life




Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - Event Cinemas George Street - sydney
Concluded - ACMI - melbourne



Cast & Crew

Ryutaro Nakagawa/
Ryutaro Nakagawa/
George Wada/
Takashi Fujimura/
Executive Producer
Shunichiro Ishikawa/
Hikaru Kinouchi/
Aki Asakura/
Takahiro Miura/
Yuriko Kawasaki/