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Closed Note

Original Title:
クローズド・ノート
© 2007 TOHO / HAKUHODO DY MEDIA PARTNERS / SME / KADOKAWA SHOTEN PUBLISHING © 2007 TOHO / HAKUHODO DY MEDIA PARTNERS / SME / KADOKAWA SHOTEN PUBLISHING

Story

While training to become a teacher, university student Kae, (Erika Sawajiri) finds an old diary left behind by the previous tenant of her new house. However between her studies, her mandolin practice and a part-time job at a fountain-pen store she's so busy that the notebook's existence slips from her mind.

One day she falls for the handsome illustrator, Mr. Ishitobi (Yusuke Iseya) who comes to her store as a customer. But with her best friend, Hana (Saeko) abroad studying, she has no-one to confide in.
When Hana's boyfriend, Kashima (Tetsushi Tanaka) confesses his interest in her, she feels like life has taken a complex and gloomy turn. One evening she rediscovers the forgotten diary and turns to it for consolation.

Leafing through it she comes across a stub where the final page has been torn out. A single photograph flutters down from the book; it is the diary's author, Ibuki-sensei (Yuko Takeuchi) sitting surrounded by her class of elementary school students. Dreaming of becoming a teacher herself, Kae cannot help but start to read this account of Ibuki-sensei's school work. As Kae delves further into the book, she experiences the ups-and-downs of the author's love life, widening her horizons in ways she couldn't imagine.

Kae is on cloud nine when Ishitobi at last asks her to model for one of his drawings. Her life begins to fall into synch with the teacher's life as she reads about it in the journal. As the teacher's love for her boyfriend deepens, so Kae's feelings for Ishitobi develop.

However, when she goes to Ishitobi's atelier to confess her love for him she discovers a whole new layer to her present "reality". Fate has in store for her a bitter-sweet truth indeed.

Cast

SAWAJIRI Erika

HORII Kae

ISEYA Yusuke

ISHITOBI Ryu

TAKEUCHI Yuko

MANO Ibuki

Data

Director
YUKISADA Isao
Original Story
SHIZUKUI Shusuke
Producer
ICHIKAWA Minami
HARUNA Kei
AMAGI Morio
YAMAUCHI Akihiro
USUI Hisashi
Screenplay
YOSHIDA Tomoko
ITO Chihiro
YUKISADA Isao
Music
Meyna Co.
Cinematography
NAKAYAMA Koichi
Production Design
TSUZUKI Yuji
Lighting
NAKAMURA Yuki
Recording
ITO Hironori
Editor
IMAI Tsuyoshi
Release Date in Japan
2007.09.29
Running time
138min
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