• Movie: River of First Love
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2004
  • Duration: 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 48 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 183

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Based on Kenichi Kawakami's novel. 8-year old boy, Shinpei, who loves fishing and painting, lives with his beautiful mother, surrounded by nature. His mother, Satsuki, has a weak constitution and lost her husband years ago. She takes care of her son lovingly but sometimes strictly, on her own. Shinpei's childhood sweetheart, Sayuri, is deaf, but somehow they can understand each other and they always spend time together.
One day, big news comes to their town: Shinpei's picture received the Grand Prize in a Children's Pictures Exhibition in Paris. On the night that Sayuri's father, Takakura, holds a celebration party for Shinpei, Satsuki leaves her son in Takakura's care and goes out of the house. Feeling uneasy, Shimpei goes to look for her but finds his mother dead, lying calmly and peacefully in the beautiful, white snow...Fast forward to the future, Shinpei has been offered a fake job in Tokyo. Sayuri's father arranged everything so that Shinpei would not interfere with Sayuri's marriage. Add Synopsis In Portuguese

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2004
  • Duration: 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Score: 7.1 (scored by 48 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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2 people found this review helpful
Jun 4, 2015
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
"River of first love" is a slow and smooth film
It has the rythm of old film and the quality even aged a bit.
If you are looking for a crazy and passionate love, you will be deceive. This being said, what is so good about it?

The story is nothing extraordinary, but the way it is told is extraordinary. With a few words the emotions are shown. The young actors may be a bit ankward, but it fits their characters, and the result is really great.The whole context is depicted with simplicity and it just gives you that thought: " yes it is just perfect". When you realize it, you understand how great this film is.

It leaves you a feeling hard to describe:
Personnally I really have appreciated this film, because I found in it the same peace of heart that I found in some great japanese novels. If some of you are fan of japanese litterary, it should please you. " river of first love" have "that" justness, peaceful and beautiful poetry.

(I am not anglophone, so let me know it I am hard to understand...)

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