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About the Pink Sky / Momoiro Sora Wo / ももいろそらを

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157825_1Keiichi Kobayashi’s quirky debut feature, About the Pink Sky, takes a sorely abused genre, the teen drama, turning it on its head for a bittersweet celebration of being young and a meaningful exploration of teenage concerns and habitudes. Shot in glorious black and white, Kobayashi, brings a New-Wavey energy and look to the otherwise soul-sucking suburban backdrop that the film’s trio of heroines inhabit. The thrust of the story centers on Izumi (Ai Ikeda) finding a lost wallet packed with yen. Instead of giving it back to the rich kid high school classmate to whom it belongs, she decides to lend most of it to an older buddy. Her two best girlfriends find out about it and convince her to give it back. But short of most of the cash a deal is cut that sends the plot spinning into unexpected places. The patter, mannerisms and chemistry between the three main girls are spot-on. Kobayashi’s clever screenplay takes an otherwise simplistic morality tale into deeper waters in one of the more enchanting films of the year.

Originally published in EL Magazine, January 2013.

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

January 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

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