Yonosuke is a typical Japanese on-screen hero: socially awkward, childish and naive, but always cheerful and charming. We meet him when he moves from Nagasaki to Tokyo in the late eighties at the height of the city's economic boom. Despite his odd character he manages to make new friends at university, joins a samba class and falls in love with an older woman. Sixteen years later his friends are all reminiscing over their college days, thinking back on how Yonosuke changed their lives. A heart-warming, crowd-pleasing comedy that takes a sudden dramatic turn.
DELIGHTFUL AND MOVING BITTERSWEET COMEDY
- The Story of Yonosuke review by GF
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Based on Shuichi Yoshida’s novel, “A Story of Yonosuke” is a bitterseet comedy drama including as it does a major plot point (which I will not detail) well before it occurs. Far from spoiling the film, however, this reveal gives everything that happens after (as well as before) a fresh resonance and poignancy. From a charming fish-out-of-water comedy about a country boy in the big city emerges a smartly made drama that asks — and eloquently answers — one of the biggest questions of all: What do our lives really mean to those around us? How can one person have an impact, especially if he hardly seems to have a clue?
From the Director of the equally inspiring 'The Woodsman And The Rain', this like The Woodsman is a triumph of the human spirit with all its quirks and flaws.