Shoko, a young deaf student, transfers to a new school where she is bullied by Shoya for her hearing impairment. While Shoya originally leads the class in bullying Shoko, his peers soon turn on him for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again but Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more to atone for his sins but is it already too late?
Based on a popular manga comic focusing on the consequences of bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the perpetrator, this beautifully animated film is directed by one of the most sought-after anime directors in Japan, Naoko Yamada, best known for K-On, Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.
Directed by Naoko Yamada
Starring Miyu Irino (voice), Saori Hayami (voice), Megumi Han (voice)
'The confrontational subject matter is one thing, but what really makes the film stand out is female director Naoko Yamada's direction, full of unexpected turns and images, which genuinely suggests a fresh way of looking at the world.' - Radio Times
**** 'It's a beguiling film: subtle, sensuous and delicate.' - Peter Bradshaw
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Thu 30 Mar