Directed by Toshiyuki Morioka

"I'd like to go back in time and tell myself then, that life will become a lot brighter in the future."
Rieko Saibara (quote from the original book)


I'll say "thank you" to the Tokyo I hated.

A country girl comes to Tokyo with the belief that she is special,
different from anyone else. However, she finds herself being the worst student in Art School, always broke, develops facial paralysis while working as a hostess at a bar, and stuck with a good-for-nothing boyfriend.
The springtime of her life, and yet so miserable, so lame. Still, she continues to draw for people who are having hard times; those who are tired, sad, vexed, and always having have to put up with something. She draws to make them smile just a little bit. This is a story about a girl who realizes her dream in the city, and comes to learn the warmth of others and the strictness of the world.

The famous manga artist, Rieko Saibara's life story made into a live action movie!
A movie that roots for all who are reaching for their dreams.

“Bokunchi”, “Permanent Nobara”, “A girl’s story”, “Ike-chan to Boku”, “Kaasan mom’s life”.
Rieko Saibara’s works keep fascinating manga fans as well as movie fans with her frank words and lyrical pictures that reflect her eventful life.
One of her most supported works, “JOKYO MONOGATARI -Tokyo Losers-” has been made into a movie; a prequel to “A girl’s story” which depicts the childhood days of Saibara in her hometown.
“JOKYO MONOGATARI” is a story about how Saibara made her debut as a manga artist in Tokyo. It is about a country girl who comes to Tokyo, and grows up meeting and parting with new people.

100% watchers sympathized!
Kie Kitano plays a real-life girl who is conflicted with her dreams and reality.

Actress Kie Kitano plays Natsumi, the leading role of the young Rieko Saibara.
She has made appearances in movies such as “Kofuku na Shokutaku” and “Bushido Sixteen”. She has shown an outstanding yet relaxed performance as the young and sensitive heroine.
Her boyfriend, Ryosuke is played by the actor Sosuke Ikematsu, known for his appearances in movies such as “Looking Up at the Half Moon” and “A Story of Yonosuke”. Other appealing casts representing each generations are Asaka Seto, Kanon Tani, Asuka Kurosawa, and Ittoku Kishibe.
The director, Toshiyuki Morioka has won Special Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival for “Koneko no Namida”.
He has also directed Rieko Saibara’s “A girl’s story”.
“JOKYO MONOGATARI” depicts young Saibara’s world filled with laughter and tears.
This is a movie that gives courage to those who are about to set off to the city, or to those who already have, and to young people with dreams.


Natsumi (played by Kie Kitano) is a country girl who has come to Tokyo to study at Art School. However, the life she dreamed of is smashed to pieces. She finds herself broke, having to work all day just to pay the rent. One day, a friend at Art School introduces her
to a job that pays well; a hostess at a bar. Natsumi meets Ryosuke there, and before long, he moves in with her. Ryosuke is a nice guy, but tends to skip work and lie around all day doing nothing. He is the kind who takes a stray cat to the vet and pays 80,000 yen from Natsumi’s money, saying “Life is more important than money.”
Life is harsh on Natsumi. She develops facial paralysis after being groped by men every night at the bar. She gets the worst grades in Art School and starts to regret coming to Tokyo.
Then one day, an older hostess, Fubuki (played by Asaka Seto) and her daughter, Saki (played by Kanon Tani) tell her they like her drawings. Fubuki tells Natsumi that “Losers have their ways of battling.”
Encouraged by her words, Natsumi decides to plunge into the world of art and visits publishers to promote her work.

Written and Directed by Toshiyuki Morioka

He becomes a writer and director after working at small theaters.
He has written for movies such as “Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite” and “Shinizokonai no Ao”. He has directed “Mondai no nai Watashitachi” (exhibited at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival), “Koneko no Namida” (won Special Prize at the 20th Tokyo International Film Festival), and “A girl’s story” (starring Eri Fukatsu).

Original Story by Rieko Saibara

Born November 1, 1964 in Kochi Prefecture. A manga artist.
Graduated from Musashino Art University.
She makes her debut in 1988 with “Chikuro Youchien”
(published by Shogakukan), followed by a food report manga, “Uramishuran” (Asahi Shinbunsha/cowritten) which was serialized in Asahi Weekly. In 1997, “Bokunchi” (Shogakukan) won the 43th Bungeishunju Manga Award. In 2004, “Mainichi Kaasan, Kanihaha-hen” (Mainichi Shinbunsha) won Excellence Prize of the Manga Division at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2005, “JOKYO MONOGATARI” (Shogakukan) and “Mainichi Kaasan” won the Short Story Award at the 9th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award. Other works include “Dekirukana” (Fusosha),“Ike-chan to Boku” (Kadokawa Shoten),
“Pamanento Nobara” (Shinchosha) and many more.
Her work style is often divided into two types; “anti-realism” and “lyricism”.
The former includes “Maajan Horoki” (Takeshobo) and “Uramishuran” which depicts Saibara’s own experiences and exciting life.
The latter includes “Yunbo-kun” (Takeshobo) and “Bokunchi” which are depicted poetically.
Her works are supported by many enthusiastic fans.
Her latest work is a picture book called “Ikinobiru Mahou /Ijimerareteiru Kimi he” (Shogakukan), which is creating a sensation in Japan.

Running Time : 109 minutes