Diminutive college freshman Shiina (Gaku Hamada) meets his new neighbor, the tall and quirky Kawasaki (Eita), while moving into his new apartment in Sendai. They don’t really seem to have anything in common, but immediately bond over their mutual love of Bob Dylan. Soon, and quite unexpectedly, Kawasaki is inviting Shiina on a strange mission to steal a Kojien dictionary for their neighbor, an exchange student from the Kingdom of Bhutan. As an aside, he warns Shiina to steer clear of the pet shop owner Reiko (Nene Otsuka) at all costs. The next day Kawasaki confesses that he used to date a former pet shop worker named Kotomi (Megumi Seki), but she dumped him for the very same Bhutanese guy they’re stealing the dictionary for. None of this particularly makes any sense to Shiina, but at this point he’s simply too absorbed in his new friend’s bizarre life not to see this adventure through to the end.(Nipponcinema) Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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Full of Bob Dylan music and a deep love for animals, the story shows innocent and noble characters like Shiina and mysterious and extravagant ones like Kawasaki. While dealing with friendship, values, disease, and revenge.
Gaku Hamada perfectly portrays that person who only tries to fit in, he is the impressionable provincial. Eita, on the other hand, represents very well the long range of expressions that his character demands.
How valuable are the bonds we create? Who is lying? Who says the truth?
Coupled with a sharp criticism of racism by many Japanese towards foreigners living in Japan, this is a valuable and worthy film. Because ultimately, Shiina also feels like a stranger, even though in his own country.