Like Grains of Sand

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Like Grains of Sand
DVD Cover of an Asian release
Directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Produced by Kiyomi Kanazawa
Yūka Nakazawa
Hideyuki Takai
Hiroshi Yanai
Written by Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Starring Yoshinori Okada
Ayumi Hamasaki
Kumi Takada
Kōji Yamaguchi
Music by Kazuya Takahashi
Cinematography Shogo Ueno
Edited by Miho Yoneda
Distributed by Toho Company
PIA Corporation
Pierre Grise Distribution
Release date
  • December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
Running time
129 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Like Grains of Sand is a Japanese drama film released on December 16, 1995 by Toho Company Ltd. The Japanese title for the film is Nagisa no Shindobaddo (渚のシンドバッド, Sinbad of the Seashore). The film was directed and written by Ryosuke Hashiguchi and features a lead role played by Japan's highest selling female musician Ayumi Hamasaki. It won three major awards in 1996 and 1997 including an award for best screenplay and two international awards.[1] It was featured in the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada as well as the 1997 International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Turin, Italy.[2]


Primary Cast[edit]

  • Yoshinori Okada as Shuji Ito
  • Ayumi Hamasaki as Kasane Aihara
  • Kōji Yamaguchi as Tōru Kanbara
  • Kumi Takada as Ayako Shimizu
  • Shizuka Isami as Rika Matsuo
  • Kōta Kusano as Hiroyuki Yoshida
  • Yoshihiko Hakamada as Fujita


A psychological drama about love, longing, homosexual desire and psychological turmoil—i.e., the perils of puberty. Ito is a shy boy in the top class at secondary school. He feels attracted to his classmate and best friend Yoshida, who is not aware of Ito's intimate feelings. They spend much time with Kanbara, whose comic actions hide his sensitive nature. Aihara (Ayumi Hamasaki) is new at school and remains aloof with her cool attitude. No one knows that at her previous school she was raped and is now in therapy. Meanwhile, Yoshida, who is currently involved with the insecure Shimizu, is interested in Aihara, the mysterious new girl. It is obvious that each teen is hiding behind a wall which they must break through during this tough process of maturation.


Mainichi Film Concours
1996 - Best Screenplay[1]

Rotterdam International Film Festival
1996 - Tiger Award[1]

Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
1997 - Best Feature Film[1]


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