I watched this movie on the 13th of May: the day she records her message to Sumire.
WE DON'T FORGET THE DEAD.
"Just be patient, and it'll be over.
Think of all the glittery things."
Great female cast. Sayuri Matsumura is my kind of actress (*see link below for pictures of her performance), though I also appreciate Minami Tanaka and Eri Tokunaga's mature performances. And we love to see veteran Mariko Tsutsui make an appearance. As Minos has said in his review, this film completely lacks subtlety, and the music is grating and painfully obvious. It is also pretty cynical about love…
"In this shit hole of a school, baseball was my only flower. I staked my life on the bat, my dreams on my pitches. Watch me make the spirit of baseball bloom. In the midst of the roaring crowd, a glimpse of my mother's face. Even a fool like me, she's always there to love. Always ready to smile. I love you so much for that."
For kids that break each other's faces and walk around with murderous intent, they sure are a poetic bunch. This film kind of blew me away.
My Toshiaki Toyoda Starter Pack - Film One
Thanks for the recommendation, Jack Russo!