1h 48min | Family, Sci-Fi | 15 March 2019 (Japan)
Satoshi is only in the fifth grade at elementary school. He is unhappy with his father, his perfidy and the company he keeps. Enter transfer student Kozue who is different and exciting. She is not just any different though. She truly is from far away and has a gift for Satsohi and the townspeople. The town grow close.
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Director: Keiko Tsuruoka
Writers: Kanako Nishi (based on novel), Keiko Tsuruoka
Stars: Atsushi Hashimoto, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Jun Murakami
Release Date: 15 March 2019 (Japan)
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