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April Story
April Story

April Story (Japanese: 四月物語) is a Japanese film directed by Shunji Iwai starring Takako Matsu.


Uzuki Nireno, a shy girl from the countryside of northern Hokkaidō, leaves her family and gets on a train bound for Tokyo so she can attend the university of her choice; to be near the boy she fell in love with, who moved to Tokyo from her hometown.



  • Director/Writer: Shunji Iwai
  • Director of Photography: Noboru Shinoda
  • Lighting Director: Yuki Nakamura
  • Production Designer: Yuji Tsuzuki

DVD Editions

  • Japanese R2 (No English Subtitles)
  • Korean R3 (English Subtitles)
  • Hong Kong R3 (Japanese dialogue, English / Full Chinese subtitles)



  • 1998 Pusan International Film Festival: Audience Award
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