Kosadate Gokko (1980)

Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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An interesting turnaround given the emerging philosophies of learning at this time, Kosadate Gokko is about a wayward, willful young girl whose destructive tendencies are cured by being forced to join a traditional classroom. Shinkichi (Go Kato) and his wife Yoko (Komaki Kurihara) are a childless, normal couple who teach school in northern Japan. They convince a Tokyo acquaintance of theirs, the arrogant intellectual Takumi Hoshizawa (Yoshi Kato) to let them take care of his daughter Rika (Chio Ushiwara). It seems Rika has not learned anything living with her father. She has been raised on his liberal, free-wheeling ideas about education. So she moves in with her adoptive parents for awhile and sure enough, her transformation begins in this new environment.