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August in the Water


Veteran indie director Sogo Ishii spins this trippy coming-of-age drama cum sci-fi supernatural headtrip. The film centers on Izumi Hazuka (Rena Komine), a high school student and Olympic high dive aspirant. When she transfers to a new school in the southern city of Fukuoka, she meets two lads who think she's the cat's meow. One is the shy yet hunky Mao (Shinsuke Aoki) and the other is slick Ukiya (Masaaki Takarai). The two happen to be best friends and soon become rivals for Izumi's attention. When...more