Ame no tsubasa

January 15, 2011

Ame no tsubasa (Japan, 2008)

A girl who loves rain. A boy who loves the girl. 35 minute running time. Cinematic perfection!

Every once in a while you discover a movie that reminds you that there are indeed directors who are not completely lost. Filmmakers, that don’t need the feel to cripple their movies twists and melodrama. Directors, who believe in image and sound.

Ame no tsubasa was born in unusual but inspired way. United Cinema held a writing competition, with the theme being rain. The winning story was adapted into a movie screenplay. Next, Kumami composed the soundtrack in prior to the shooting. Director Naoto Kumazawa assembled the film based on the music.

Most of the film takes place on high school rooftop. The film comes with minimal flaws. The male lead (Takuya Ishida) is a bit rough. I don’t care. The rest of the film is such a rare treat.

Kumazawa uses digital cinematography to achieve grainy yet breathtakingly honest hyper-reality. Colors, details, and rain dominate. The camera is occasionally brought so close that the protecting cinematic lens between the viewer and the cast disappears. Kumazawa achieves images of “pure”.

Ame no tsubasa is one of the most beautifully shot movies I have ever seen. It is the reward for all the hard hours spent on looking for Japanese cinematic gems.




  1. Hey,

    Nice to see you writing again. 🙂 Actually this sounds interesting. Where’ve you seen it? Cinema, Festival, DVD?

    Regards, Alex

  2. Hi Alex. I bought the R2J dvd. I highly recommend it.

    Recently I’ve been looking for these real Japanese movie gems and suddenly remembered Ame no tsubasa. I saw the trailer a couple of years ago, and thought now would finally the time to give it a try.

    I also bought a bunch of other dvds… 20th Century Nostalgia, Tojiru hi, Zeitaku na hone, and something else…

    I’ll try to find time to write about them as I watch them.

  3. Hey, thanks for posting about this film. I never watched it because I’m from Brazil and it isn’t avaiable over here. Do you any site that i can download or watch online? Thanks, greetings from Brazil!

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