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You Are Forever Younger Than Them (2021) Review

Review

A humanistic drama adapted from the debut novel by Akutagawa Prize winner Tsumura Kikuko, which won the 21st Dazai Osamu Prize. The film depicts the dark side of society through the daily life of a university student who is about to graduate from college after being offered a job in child welfare. After such a long time in hiding, she has to face the world, and her new friend’s tragic past and feelings she has never felt before appear in her daily life.

Directed by Ryohei Yoshino, the movie depicts a college student, Sayo Horigai (played by Sakuma Yui), who is about to graduate and is set to work in child welfare, as she faces the dark side of society, such as violence and child abuse, in her everyday life. People think Sayo Horigai is a bit eccentric, but she doesn’t care what others think about her. She spends her time working part-time, attending classes, and going back to a boarding home.

Sayo Horigai meets Nao (played by Kusuko Inogi), who is one year younger than her and goes to the same university as her, and they develop a unique relationship because of their painful experiences in the past. Masaru Kasamatsu plays Nao Suiho, Sayo Horigai’s friend in a university,  who kills himself. After the death of her friend, the violence and sorrow lurking behind the everyday life of Sayo Horigai come to the fore… And Seiichi Kohinata plays Souma Yoshizaki, the man who brings Horigai and Homine together. The cast also includes Yang Aoi, So Morita, Shohei Uno, Erika Mabuchi, and Satoshi Sakata.

The lead role is played by Yui Sakuma, who came into the limelight for her role as the main character’s best friend in the NHK TV series “Hiyokko”. She is a newcomer actress who is certainly receiving recognition for her performances, including the Confidence Award for Best Newcomer in Drama and the Tokyo Gemstone Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

In this movie, she plays the role of Sayo Horigai, a fourth-year university student who has been offered a job in the child welfare field. Her graduation has been confirmed and her job-hunting activities are over, but she’s spending the rest of her student life working part-time and having fun. She likes female idols and is basically a “listener” when she talks. She is a good person, has many friends, and is a virgin.

The movie has many touching details, making viewers more sympathetic to the characters. The spirit of freedom and self-expression is profoundly expressed. It can be said that this is a youth movie worth watching at this year’s mid-autumn festival.

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  • Movie: You Are Forever Younger Than Them
  • Native Title: 君は永遠にそいつらより若い
  • Also Known As: Eternally Younger Than Those Idiots, Kimi wa Eien ni Soitsura yori Wakai
  • Genres: Drama
  • Director: Ryuhei Yoshino
  • Writer: Kikuko Tsumura (novel), Ryuhei Yoshino
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2021
  • Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ – Teens 13 or older

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