Upon the death of her mother, Ito Kana, who is currently working for a living in Tokyo, decides to return to her hometown of Okuhida, Gifu. Due to her traumatic childhood there, Kana actually hates Okuhida. Morita Shinichi was Kana's classmate and he is still living in Okuhida, helping out at the onsen that his parents, Tetsuharu and Haruko, run. Shinichi too detests his current life, but has no choice but be resigned to it, giving up his dreams altogether. During her stay at Okuhida, Kana and Shinichi both run into Kotani Yoshio, a native there who loves Okuhida very much. To Kotani, the mines and the rail tracks are the treasures of Okuhide, and he finds it unbelievable for anyone to think otherwise. For Kana, talking to Kotani brings back the memories of the one happy thing that has ever happened to her during her life there. At the base of the Northern Alps, their encounter with Okuhida's treasures changes both Kana's and Shinichi's take on life.
"There will be tunnels in life. And bumpy roads too. Due to that, just by living, we become stronger." -- by NHK Add Synopsis In Spanish
Cast & Credits
The story is not new to me, there are movies/dramas that done this like going back to countryside, reviving small towns, stories like that. But that's not even the main theme, it's about decisions we make in life, dreams vs. responsibility, finding our own happiness etc. Having said that, a lot of people could relate specially if you feel you're on the stage where you are facing a decision that would greatly affect your life. I admit that they could present the story better, and there are some parts I felt not needed, but what I like is how they done scenes which were so uplifting and the music helps too. The cinematography is the best selling point here, it's not just beautiful but meaningful, that bicycle on rails is creative and whoever thought about that idea as a metaphor is freaking impressive.
Tanimura Mitsuki is the only known actress here, at least for me, and although their acting is not remarkable at least it's natural, all of them, and that is the only requirement for this kind of story. If I were to choose who's the most pitiful actress in Japan It would be Tanimura Mitsuki, not in real life though but because of the roles she plays. She has been playing roles that experienced terrible things and terrible might be an understatement, so it's nice to see her doing roles like this. To me she is one of the most underrated actresses in Japan that deserves more main roles in the future.
Thanks to the Subbers of this wonderful drama because I'll be honest here that when I saw this I thought that no one would sub this for the reason that most of the actors were unknown. These subbers were like heroes to me because I wouldn't have been able to watch this if wasn't them. Really appreciate the effort they put here and their taste for picking this.