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Fantasia Review: ‘Fireworks’ Places Thought-Provoking Ideas in Off-Putting Drama

In a nation of repressed emotions, three young teens find themselves confronting their feelings at what might be their last opportunity to do so. Shy Norimichi (Masaki Suda) can’t stop himself from starring at Nazuna (Suzu Hirose) while his more confident best friend Yûsuke (Mamoru Miyano) admits to wanting to declare his love for her. The boys seek to deflect their obvious infatuations, falling over each other in embarrassment so that the other can win his prize regardless of how the object of their affection feels about either. So when the trio find themselves in the midst of a swimming race, fate decides for them. Norimichi hurts his foot, Yûsuke keeps his stride, and Nazuna’s victor impulsively asks the latter on a date simply because he surfaced first.

This ordeal sets the stage for directors Akiyuki Shimbô and Nobuyuki Takeuchi’s Fireworks, adapted by Hitoshi Ône from Shunji Iwai’s 1993 teleplay.

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