East Side Stories

Japanese Cinema Depicting the Lives of Youth

31 January to 27 March 2014

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Your Friends
(きみの友だち / Kimi no tomodachi)

Two schoolgirls, Emi and Yuka, form a friendship strengthened by their disabilities that their classmates can neither understand nor share. Years on, Emi recalls her unique relationship with Yuka to Nakahara, a photojournalist. A departure from the director’s previous work, this is a heart-warming tale about how a childhood friendship can last a lifetime.

子供たちの心の機微を繊細に綴るベストセラー作家、重松清の短編集を映画化。物語に登場するのは、交通事故に遭い足が不自由になった恵美と、病弱なために学校を休みがちな由香、そして「みんな」。学校から孤立した2人の絆を中心として、恋人ができた途端に冷たくなった親友に悩む少女や、どうしても自分に自信が持てない少年などが物語を紡いでいく。

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Anna Ishibashi, Ayu Kitaura, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Seiji Fukushi, Naoyuki Morita
2008/125min/English subtitles

Image © Your Friends Film Partners

Showing at:

ICA
14 February 2002

Watershed
14 February 2008

Showroom Cinema
14 March 2008

Queen's Film Theatre
14 February 2016

Tyneside Cinema
14 February 2023

Broadway
14 March 2025

Filmhouse
14 February 2028