Love & Peace (銉┿儢锛嗐償銉笺偣)
Moon and Thunder

Strobe Edge (Sutorobo Ejji,銈广儓銉儨銉汇偍銉冦偢)
Director and screenplay: Hiroki Ry奴ichi
路 Fukushi S艒ta
. Arimura Kasumi
路 Yamada Y奴ichi
路 Sat艒 Arisa
路 Irie Jingi
. Kuroshima Yuina
Production: TOHO, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, KEN ON, FLaMme, East Japan Marketing & Communications, NIPPON SHUPPAN HANBAI, KDDI, GYAO!
Running Time: 116 min
Release Date: March 14,2015
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Love between high school students. Ninako loves Ren, the school’s good, but he is engaged to Mayuka, who is the model. Yuki, in the past friend of Ren, loves Ninako but is not reimbursed. Eventually, Ninako and Ren come into contact and Ren appreciates the purity and integrity of Ninako. They meet repeatedly, sometimes by chance. Ren leaves Mayuka thinking of engaging with Ninako but things get complicated because Mao appears, Yuki’s old love and sizzling sowing ….

Hiroki Ry奴ichi, in his long career, has produced some disruptive titles that remain imprinted in memory, such as Vibrator (2003) and Yawarakai seikatsu (It’s Only Talk), and then alternate work accomplishment more than interesting to others that are not frankly understood the reason to exist beyond the box office empire. In the first group there are films like Koi suru nichiy艒bi watashi. Koishita (2007), where the subject of the terminal illness of a young Horikita Maki was treated with great fineness, or the recent Otoko no issh艒 (Her Granddaughter, 2015), on the atypical relationship between a professor of scurvy philosophy and the nephew of his old teacher. In the second group belong titles like Raiou (The Lightning Tree, 2010) or 100 kai nakukoto (Crying 100 Times -Every Raindrop Falls, 2013).

Strobe Edge, similarly to the recent and completely different Say艒nara Kabukich艒 (Kabukicho Love Hotel, 2015), is somewhat in the middle of the two groups, with the mean of which, hopefully, Hiroki sooner or later rises. His ability to penetrate adolescent psychology and his sensual and open look towards young girls continue to be remarkable but seem to be put to the service of little, in this case of a neoromantic story taken from a Sakisaka manga. which in more than one sequence is fine to itself.

You appreciate the intelligent way in which Hiroki follows the behaviors of these high school students, a less stereotypical way than usual, without glamor and no winking on the spectator. But it’s a little bit to make them credible. The youth world that Hiroki draws is out of the reach of reality and in order to arouse some emotion he has to rely on sequences of artificial fires as if they were special effects (beautiful, though). Noteworthy are the long vertical trolleys inside the school.
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's 鈥漇hibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida鈥檚 鈥滺imeanile鈥(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida鈥檚 鈥漈hreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando鈥檚 鈥滿oon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto鈥檚 鈥滽illing鈥 (2018).

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