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April Fools (2015)

Eipuriru fûruzu (original title)
The first of April, otherwise known as April Fools day, is the one day of the year when it is OK to lie. With seven stories at play and connections everywhere the story includes the old, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jun'ichi Ishikawa

Writer:

Ryota Furusawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Erika Toda ... Ayumi Nitta
Tôri Matsuzaka Tôri Matsuzaka ... Wataru Makino
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masako Chiba Masako Chiba
Shin'ichi Chiba
Sumiko Fuji Sumiko Fuji
Arata Furuta
Minami Hamabe
Haruka Kinami
Eiko Koike Eiko Koike
Masataka Kubota
Lily Lily
Katsuhisa Namase
Nanao
Shin'ya Ohwada Shin'ya Ohwada ... (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Masaki Okada
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The first of April, otherwise known as April Fools day, is the one day of the year when it is OK to lie. With seven stories at play and connections everywhere the story includes the old, the young, the innocent, the criminal and many things in-between. Written by aghaemi

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1 April 2015 (Japan) See more »

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Over. The. Top. From start to finish
18 April 2016 | by KFLSee all my reviews

Exaggeration has become pretty common in run-of-the-mill Japanese movies of late. Of course there remain Japanese auteurs who strive to give us something like real life, while keeping things interesting; Hirokazu Koreeda may be the best known of these. But they are a minority. I wonder if this isn't due in part to the pervasive influence of manga.

Even so, April Fools is, ...wow. Over the top, exaggerated, absurd, pretty much from start to finish. I don't think there was any two- minute segment in the entire movie that could be defended as "realistic".

There is also a lot of soppy sentimentalism to deal with, especially towards the end. Numerous scenes that go on way too long. Numerous twists that are highly predictable.

This is one that I would given a pass to. If you're looking for a Japanese comedy, there are better choices; one recent example is The Woodsman and the Rain featuring Kouji Yakusho.

April Fools is not absolutely awful...there are only a few bright spots, largely having to do with the female lead, Erika Toda. But they don't make this two-hour film worth your time.


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