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Maruyama, the Middle Schooler
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Staying 14 forever is better than being a brain-dead adult!

I'm Kudo, the director.
In short my new movie is an action movie set in a housing project.
A daydreaming teenage boy conjures up a crime-fighting hero in the projects- that hero is played by Kusanagi.
Being a middle schooler is a sensitive and fragile time.
It's also a time of rebellion and chaos.
I decided to recreate that time without mythologizing it.
Maruyama, the Middle Schooler shows you what it's like to be 14.
I hope you'll enjoy it.

- Kankuro Kudo

Synopsis

Katsuya Maruyama(played by Takuma Hiraoka) is in second year at middle school. His life revolves around his housing project apartment and the school. He lives with his family; his mediocre dad who works 9-to-5 (played by Toru Nakamura), a plain mom who loves Korean TV melodramas(played by Maki Sakai) and an annoying sister with whom he shares a bunk bed. In the chaos of adolescence, Katsuya comes up with an exercise routine to make him limber and flexible all in the pursuit of a lewd goal. As a result whenever his spine pops, he loses himself in a wild fantasy. One day a new neighbor, Tatsuo Shimoi(played by Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) moves in. Single dad, Shimoi gets on unnaturally well with housewives and doesn't appear to work. Soon after Shimoi moved in, a murdered body is found nearby. Katsuya fantasizes that Shimoi is an assassin and his fantasy runs rampant...

Cast

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Takuma Hiraoka
Kenji Endo
Ik-June Yang
Maki Sakai
Toru Nakamura
Nanami Nabemoto
Yuiko Kariya
Ryo Iwamatsu

Staff

Director of Photography : Kazushige Tanaka (J.S.C)
Music : Shutoku Mukai
Production Design : Hiroyasu Koizumi
Costume Design : Daisuke Iga@
Lighting : Sosuke Yoshikado
Editing : Ryuji Miyajima
Sound Mixer : Fusao Yuwaki
Executive Producers : Masahiko Mizuguchi, Chihiro Kameyama, Michi Iijima, Makiko Nagasaka, Yasuo Tsutsumida, Kazutoshi Wadakura, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kozaki@
Producer : Makoto Okada, Makiko Nagasaka, Kazutoshi Wadakura
Written and Directed by Kankuro Kudo

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