Mizu No Naka No Hachigatsu (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Romantic Drama, Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |  
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TV documentary and drama director Yoichero Takahashi made his theatrical feature-film directorial debut with this Japanese drama about a romantic triangle of high-school students. Swimmer Kenji (Kenji Mizuhashi) has a crush on classmate Reiko (Ayumi Ito), who prefers swimmer Arai (Yoshiki Sekino). She gets Kenji to function as a go-between, but Arai, discerning Kenji's true feelings for Reiko, drops out to bring Kenji and Reiko together. In addition, Arai tries to give Kenji sex education, fixing him up with barmaid Rie (Eri Yu). The confusing situation takes a nosedive when Kenji, arriving for a date with Reiko, finds her with Arai. This film was the winner of the $165,000 "New Directors Prize" at the 1998 San Sebastian Film Festival.