April Story

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April Story (四月物語)
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Produced by Hidemi Satani
Written by Shunji Iwai
Starring Takako Matsu
Fujii Kahori
Tanabe Seiichi
Music by Shunji Iwai
Distributed by Rockwell Eyes
Release date
March 14, 1998
Running time
67 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

April Story (Japanese and Chinese: 四月物語) is a Japanese short film directed by Shunji Iwai starring Takako Matsu.


Uzuki Nireno, a shy girl from the countryside of northern Hokkaidō, leaves her family and gets on a train bound for Tokyo so she can attend the university of her choice; to be near the boy she fell in love with, who moved to Tokyo from her hometown.



DVD Editions[edit]

  • Japanese R2 (No English Subtitles)
  • Korean R3 (English Subtitles)
  • Hong Kong R3 (Japanese dialogue, English / Full Chinese subtitles)



  • 1998 Pusan International Film Festival: Audience Award


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