Water Boys Summer
Tanaka Masatoshi (Eita) is having troubles getting into medical school, something he blames on all the time he spent on synchro two years earlier. While on a research trip to a remote southern island of Japan, he is forced into coaching a newly formed three member boys synchro team. Tanaka has to come to terms with his past and begins questioning his future, while the three boy synchro team dream of life off of the island.
wo years ago, five high-school boys brought fame to a small town in Japan. What was so unique was that they formed a “men’s synchronized swimming club.” Their involvement and struggles while learning synchronized swimming – known to be a sport for girls – brought much attention to their school and town.
Two years have passed since that summer, and the boys of Tadano High School are still in the club. The Fuji Television drama “Water Boys” shows how these young boys fight to learn synchronized swimming, fall in love, and enjoy friendship with one another.
Asahi, Hikari, Haru and Tadashi are siblings that all live together in the house they grew up in located in Shitamachi. There is another brother, Satoru, but due to something that had happened in the past, he had moved out. Their parents had died when they were young, and Asahi, being the eldest, is the one who had taken care of them all. Asahi is a conservative, stubborn man, and his favorite phrase to his siblings is, “I am the one who had brought you all up”, which irritates them no end. Asahi works at a construction site and goes to a shop daily to buy lunch, where he meets the shop’s cute employee, Sawabe Asuza. Hikari works as a nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital, together with the family friend who used to live nearby, Dr. Shinjo Masaomi. Haru doesn’t like to study, and prefers to tread the boards instead. As the head of his performing troupe, he is a temperamental man who fusses over the troupe members. Tadashi is currently under suspension from school, so in order to not fall back on his studies, he is currently attending a prep school daily. At the prep school, he is drawn to another fellow student, Nagihara Kasumi. As for Satoru, one day, in her workclothes and smoking a cigarette, Yashiro Takako suddenly calls out to him, “you killed your mother, didn’t you?”… Five siblings, each with their own problems, soon find themselves in various situations, living life as a youth of today.
Pop singer Otsuka Ai made her acting debut in June 2005 with the drama series Tokyo Friends. Released only on DVD, the five-episode urban drama about four young women was a huge hit despite never being broadcast on television. The series was so popular, a feature film based on the drama was released a year later. In addition to Otsuki Ai, the fresh cast includes Kobayashi Mao, Makimura Yoko, Matsumuto Rio, Eita, Kitamura Ikki, and Sato Ryuta.
Small-town girl Rei (Otsuka Ai) moves to the big city to pursue her dreams. In Tokyo, she finds work at a pub and befriends the three other girls who work there, art student Maki (Kobayashi Mao), opportunistic Ryoko (Makimura Yoko), and aspiring actress Hirono (Matsumoto Rio). Their pub’s name is Yume no Kura, or “Dream Warehouse”, and indeed each girl is in search of her dreams. Rei joins the band Sakaban and must work hard for their big debut. Ryoko lives life freely, but her laid-back attitude hides a deeper story. Unsure of her goals, Maki begins to question her love for art, while Hirono joins a theater troupe run by her high school crush. Through the tears and laughter, the four friends stick it out together on the bumpy road toward their dreams.
Venerated actor Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance?, Tokyo Sonata, The Eel), in his directorial debut, also writes and stars in the charming drama Toad’s Oil .It’s a story about an egocentric high-rolling daytrader who claims he can earn hundreds of millions of yen in one day, and for those around him as they attempt to cope when his son falls into a coma after a devasting car accident. A chain of events is set to occur set-off by the father taking a phone call from an unsuspecting girl named Hikari. The father pretends to be his son …
Sunao ni Narenakute
Nakajima looks up to his father, who was a war photographer, but can only get a job as an assistant for gravure magazines. Mizuno is a provisional high school teacher, currently on probation. Nishimura is Mizuno’s best friend, whose boyfriend has been avoiding her since she discovered she was pregnant. Ichihara works at a magazine where he is being blackmailed into sexual favours by his chief editor. Park, on Twitter, takes on the persona of a doctor, when he is actually working at a company that sells medical equipment to disinterested doctors, and at the same time, trying to take care of his younger sister.
This is a story about the blossoming friendship of five young people who were brought together by Twitter, and their journey to finding honesty with each other and with themselves.
Summer Time Machine Blues
Summer Time Machine Blues is based around a group of friends in a science-fiction club who spend their days fooling around at the clubhouse. The boys play a game of baseball as their friend Yui Ito takes pictures of them nearby. After the game, the boys return to the clubhouse and head off to the bathhouse leaving the girls, Yui and Haruka to develop their pictures. While they bathe, Niimi gets angry because he thinks someone stole his Vidal Sassoon shampoo. On their way back, Takuma decides to sneak off to buy tickets at the theater for a sci-fi B movie. He hopes that he can ask Haruka out. Haruka says that she does not want to go out with him since he apparently has a girlfriend, but Takuma has no idea what she is talking about. But when he returns to the clubhouse, his friends act very strangely as to where he has been. They make him explain what happened, but through a series of chain events, Daigo accidentally spills Coke all over the air-conditioner remote control after being hit in the face. Everyone rushes to try to clean the remote off, but it’s too late. The remote is broken and they cannot turn on the air-conditioner. This immediately becomes a problem as the day becomes hotter.
The remote apparently cannot be repaired as it is too old, so the boys give it to their club advisor to try to fix. They look for a fan in the meantime but only find broken ones. Back at the clubhouse, the boys discover a strange boy in the room who hurriedly escapes, leaving behind some sort of machine. They put Sago on the time machine thinking it is a practical joke on the sci-fi club, but to their surprise it actually works. Sago appears in a picture of their baseball game that they held yesterday. They fool around discovering that it is a time machine. The boys decide to travel to the past to steal the remote control before it was broken and bring it back to the present. But as soon as they step back one day, they run into problems beyond their control.
While Daigo, Niimi and Shunsuke go back in time to retrieve the remote. The strange guy is revealed to be Tamura who is a member of the sci-fi 25 years in the future. Tamura gets sent to the past the same way Sago was coerced onto the machine. The remaining members, Haruka, Sago, Yui, and Takuma take Tamura on a tour of the past. While on the tour they encounter their club adviser, Professor Kohtaro Hozumi, who explains that changing the past results in the grandfather paradox and would cause the universe to vanish. Realizing this the remaining club members rush back to ensure that the Daigo, Niimi, and Shunsuke do not change the past. Daigo and Shunsuke gets sent back to the present but they return shortly with Tamura after being informed about the situation. They find the time machine waiting for them when they get back to the club room. Sago and Takuma go to the past and prevent the trio from changing the past. In the process Sago wraps the remote in tape and gets transported to 99 years into the past to prevent the caretaker from discovering the time machine. The school being originally a swarm, Sago almost drowns before returning to the present. The past villagers mistaken him as a Kappa and Kappas becomes integral to the town culture. Sago also loses the remote 99 years in the past.
Takuma finds Niimi at the bathhouse and in a twist it is revealed that Niimi himself took the shampoo. With the remote missing Tamura goes into his future to retrieve the future’s remote so that the past won’t be altered. Everyone gets on the time machine but the machine is too small and Takuma gets knocked off. Takuma deceive the past club members who mistakenly believe that he has a girlfriend due to a voice message Takuma sent to the “present Sago” which “past Sago” received. Takuma distracts the club members but before he can leave his past self enters the club room. With no other options Takuma hides in the club room locker. The present club members return and notice that Takuma is not with them, but Takuma is already in the present having spent the whole day in the locker. A dog digs up a remote which is revealed to have survived for 99 years in mud and the remote still works. Tamura returns to his present but forgets his camera. When he returns for it he says that it belonged to his mother and Takuma and Yui note that Haruka also possess a similar camera. When they met, Tamura notes that his mother also attended this college. Takuma and Yui deduce that Tamura is the son of future Haruka.
Professor Kohtaro Hozumi is inspired by these events to build a time machine which might explain the time machine’s origins since Tamura and his club members also did not know the machine’s origins.
Since Takuma’s girlfriend was revealed a lie, Haruka agrees to go on a date with Takuma. Takuma wonders how he can change his name (presumably to Tamura).
Soredemo, Ikite Yuku
A young man’s (played by Eita) sister was killed by his close friend some 15 years ago. He made a promise to his mother that he would take care of sister, but that promise was broken. Because of the death his family separated. The man has lived with guilt of his sister’s death ever since. One day, the young man meets a woman (Hikari Mitsushima) who is the sister of his friend from 15 years ago. A bond is formed and they struggle with emotions that come about…