The Blossoming of Kamiya Etsuko(紙屋悦子の青春,Kamiya Etsuko no Seishun) is a drama written by Masataka Matsuda. Later, a movie version, directed by Kazuo Kuroki and starring Tomoyo Harada and Masatoshi Nagase, was released in Japan on August 12, 2006. Kuroki died several months before it was released.
In Kagoshima, in the final days of World War II, an offer of marriage comes to Etsuko Kamiya, who lives with her brother and his wife. The offer comes from Nagayo, but Etsuko is attracted to his friend, Akashi.
Tomoyo Harada - Etsuko Kamiya
Masatoshi Nagase - Ensign Nagayo
Shunsuke Matsuoka - Ensign Akashi
Manami Honjo - Fusa Kamiya
Kaoru Kobayashi - Yasutada Kamiya
31st Hochi Movie Award - Special Prize
61st Mainichi Film Award - Cinematographic Award (Koichi Kawakami)
21st Takasaki Film Festival - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Manami Honjo)
Kinema Junpo Japanese Movie Best 10 in 2006 - 4th Place
Japanese Film Pen Club in 2006 - 2nd Place in Japanese films