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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.

Data

Original Story
Shusuke Shizukui
Director
Isao Yukisada
Screenplay
Tomoko Yoshida
Chihiro Ito
Isao Yukisada
Producer
Minami Ichikawa
Kei Haruna
Morio Amagi
Akihiro Yamauchi
Hisashi Usui
Cast
Erika Sawajiri
Yusuke Iseya
Yuko Takeuchi
Music
Meyna Co.
Cinematography
Koichi Nakayama
Production Design
Yuji Tsuzuki
Lighting
Yuki Nakamura
Recording
Hironori Ito
Editor
Tsuyoshi Imai
Release Date in Japan
2007.9.29
Runtime
138min.
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