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  • Movie: Sugar and Spice
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2006
  • Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 6.5 (scored by 210 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #3756
  • Watchers: 578

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Sugar and Spice
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Ratings: 6.5/10 from 210 users
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A Tokyo suburb with a middle American feel, the city of Fussa is home to a US military base with its wide avenues, second-hand clothing stores peddling American merchandise and bars catering largely to G.I.s.

Shiro is a 17-year-old Fussa native, fresh from high school graduation, who finds himself standing in that ambivalent "no man's land" between adolescence and adulthood, ready to strike out on his own but uncertain whether to trust his underdeveloped instincts. He shirks off college, much to the dismay of his conventional parents who barely register in his life, and takes a job at a gas station for no other reason than a vague ambition to do something with cars. For guidance and moral support, Shiro turns to his offbeat, septuagenarian grandmother, "Fujiko", a perennial "flower child" and pro-American who owns a local watering hole and celebrates life with a romantic corps de esprit that she's preserved since her halcyon youth. It is "Grandma" who wields the greatest influence on Shiro's spiritual and moral upbringing and she takes to the role of mentor with the passion of a sacred mission. "Working at a gas station's a great idea, " she tells him. "So full of romance. A rest stop for life's drifters. I'll handle your father on this one."

While Shiro still races around town on his bicycle and rents porn flicks with his boyhood pals, he's keenly reminded that this part of life is quickly ending when he sees his two best friends willingly trade in their childhood pursuits for college and "true love" − of the same girl. "I've yet to know what that feels like," confesses Shiro, who has a sense of the vital role love plays in a person's coming of age but feels personally removed from it. Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, however, Shiro stumbles across a public breakup scene one evening between a man in a white car and a college girl, Noriko. Days later, Shiro is surprised to see the same girl arrive at the gas station as the newly-hired help, and even more alarmed at his loss of composure in front of her. He is love-struck, and his bittersweet initiation into adult life begins.

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2006
  • Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Score: 6.5 (scored by 210 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #3756
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Leonella
6 people found this review helpful
Apr 19, 2011
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
This movie tells the story as old as all humankind and at the same time as fresh to every person who falls in love. This story is about first love. We all know that sometimes it can be disappointing, sometimes unforgettable, sometimes like a breeze - just passing by leaving warm feeling. Here we can see a bittersweet story of first love which is not shown as fairy tale (happily living together till death do us part) but how it happens usually in real modern life. It shows how relationship develops and the way men's and women's minds are set up. I recommend to watch it when you are in the mood of watching something which will live a nice warm feeling but without any critical points.

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Senpai
1 people found this review helpful
Apr 12, 2018
Completed 0
Overall 6.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
A magical teen love story romance. It is about growing up, about first love and first pain, all presented with charm and feeling.
In terms of content, "Sugar & Spice" may not do much. The attraction of two young people is rather rudimentary introduced and their subsequent problems affect almost forced nothing. They also sneak in rich hundred and twenty-four minutes - as so often with East Asian novels some lengths, which are highlighted by the more leisurely preparation. But it goes with its adorable lovable material and features a consistently interesting film that looks compelling visually and adapted to the Yagira and Sawajiri. Young love is the core of the film and therefore can not go wrong.

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