A delightful and moving coming-of-age story. One summer, three young boys take an increasing interest in an eccentric old man who lives alone in a house surrounded by an overgrown garden. The boys form a bond with the recluse and set about weeding and replanting the garden.
Director: Shinji Sômai.
Writers: Kazumi Yumoto (based on the novel by), Yôzô Tanaka (screenplay).
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Naoki Sakata, Yasutaka Oh, Ken’ichi Makino, Naho Toda, Ritsuko Nemoto, Tsurube Shôfukutei, Minori Terada, Akira Emoto, Shigeru Yazaki, Chikage Awashima. AKA The Friends