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Little DJ

Posted under Japanese Movies by admin on Saturday 28 February 2009 at 00:46

Director: Koto Nagata
Original Story by: Tadashi Onitsuka, Screenplay by: Uiko Miura / Koto Nagata,
Director of Photography: Jun Fukumoto, Lighting: Tokuju Ichikawa,
Production Designer: Noritaka Sasaki, Sound: Shinji Watanabe,
Film Editor: Tsuyoshi Imai, Music by: Naoki Sato
Ryunosuke Kamiki / Mayuko Fukuda / Ryoko Hirosue / Naomi Nishida


Lifted by a nostalgic medley of 1970s pop hits, Little DJ transports the audience back to a simpler era with a heart-tugging story of first love. Directed by Nagata Kotoe (Shibuya Maruyama Story) and based on Onizuka Tadashi’s popular same-titled novel, Little DJ is a gentle reminisce of love, loss, and music in the 1970s. Talented child actors Fukuda Mayuko (L Change the World) and Kamiki Ryunosuke (The Great Yokai War) star as the film’s doting adolescent leads, while Hirosue Ryoko (Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust) plays the adult version of Fukuda’s character.
Radio producer Tamaki (Hirosue Ryoko) falls into a depressive slump when her late-night show gets cancelled. As she’s wallowing in unhappiness, an old song comes on over the radio, a song that brings her back to 1977 when she was 13 years old. That year she (Fukuda Mayuko) was injured in a car accident and ended up in the hospital, wrapped up like a mummy. There she befriends Taro (Kamiki Ryonosuke), one year younger and hospitalized for a blood disease. Fanatical about baseball and radio, Taro begins to DJ a music program over the hospital PA, and it becomes a big hit among the patients. First love blooms for Taro and Tamaki to the reassuring sounds of 70s J-pop, but how long can Taro keep spinning when time and illness are catching up?


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