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The Friends (1994)

Natsu no niwa: The Friends (original title)
A delightful and moving coming-of-age story. One summer, three young boys take an increasing interest in an eccentric old man who lives alone in a house surrounded by an overgrown garden. ... See full summary »

Director:

Shinji Sômai

Writers:

Kazumi Yumoto (based on the novel by), Yôzô Tanaka (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Kihachi Denpô
Naoki Sakata Naoki Sakata ... Atsushi Kiyama
Yasutaka Oh Yasutaka Oh ... Kawabe
Ken'ichi Makino Ken'ichi Makino ... Yûji Yamashita
Naho Toda ... Shizuka Kondô
Ritsuko Nemoto Ritsuko Nemoto ... Tomomi Kiyama
Tsurube Shôfukutei Tsurube Shôfukutei ... An undertaker
Yôhei Hamanishi Yôhei Hamanishi
Satoru Fujii Satoru Fujii
Mariko Momotani Mariko Momotani
Sayuki Uezono Sayuki Uezono
Aya Mihara Aya Mihara
Masabumi Usui Masabumi Usui
Shigeyoshi Kohira Shigeyoshi Kohira
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Kôchi Taniguchi
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A delightful and moving coming-of-age story. One summer, three young boys take an increasing interest in an eccentric old man who lives alone in a house surrounded by an overgrown garden. The boys form a bond with the recluse and set about weeding and replanting the garden. Written by https://mydramalist.com/24245-the-friends

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 April 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

Kobe, Hyogo, Japan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A heart warming tale of friendship
1 October 1999 | by obsidian-8See all my reviews

3 boys spend their summer holidays observing an old man in their neighborhood to be the first to see him dead. After some time they develop a relationship to him and try to help. The title giving "summer garden" represents the old man's character ranging from the harsh beginning to the nice end. If you liked Shunji Iwai's "Fireworks" this is a movie for you. It has even some lynch-esque moments.


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