Release date14 July 2005 (2005-07-14) (PIA Film Festival)
5 August 2006 (2006-08-05) (Japan) CastAzusa Hibino (Yuriko), Asuka Kurosawa (Shiori Nagahara), Tomi Nakaho (Yumiko Sasaki), Himawari Ono (Yu Nagahara), Minami Orimoto (Tomoko), Tetsushi Tanaka (Keisuke Takatsuki) Similar moviesAudition (1999), Sawako Decides (2010), Kikujiro (1999), Black Belt (2007), The Bird People in China (1998)
Water flower ballet scene
Water Flower(水の花,Mizu no Hana) is a Japanese film which was released on 5 August 2005.
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Minako is a quiet junior high school student being raised by her overworked single father. This movie is a portrait of the relationship between Minako and Yu, Minako's younger half-sister who loves to ballet dance.
Minako is at the age where her father is more like an alien to her than a person. The situation is exacerbated when he comes home drunk one night and tries to climb on top of her. Minako's mother deserted them for another man when Minako was a child. Now working as a hostess, she has little time for her own six-year-old daughter, Yu, Minako's half sister. Both girls are yearning for their mother's love. Minako runs into Yu at a game center in the mall and proposes they take a trip. She changes out of her school uniform and into adult clothes and the pair hops on an overnight bus out of the city. It gets dark and both parents start to panic.
On a whim, Minako takes Yu to the remote house of their grandparents (who have recently died) near the sea. As she spends time taking care and playing with her little sister, Minako takes on the role of a mother,playing and looking after her little half-sister. She becomes aware of her own situation. As she plays, her mind drifts back to memories of her own, happy childhood. Although now at an age where she feels more distanced from her father, the resentment she bears her mother for having deserted her and her father, remains unbroken.
Azusa Hibino - Yuriko
Asuka Kurosawa - Shiori Nagahara
Tomi Nakaho - Yumiko Sasaki
Himawari Ono - Yu Nagahara
Minami Orimoto - Tomoko
Tetsushi Tanaka - Keisuke Takatsuki
Saki Terashima - Minako Takatsuki
Takehito Terui - Ryota Sasaki
Kanji Tsuda - Takashi Nagahara
Saeka Uehara - Kaoru
Nozomi Yasuda - Maki
The DVD for this movie was released on 24 March 2007 by Kinokuniya Bookstore (Japan).