Sundance review: "About the Pink Sky"
Published: January 21, 2012 01:38AM
Updated: January 25, 2012 02:43PM
Izumi (Ai Ikedea) is a high-schooler whose good heart leads to difficulties in the Japanese drama "About the Pink Sky." Courtesy Keiichi Kobayashi

“About the Pink Sky”

World Dramatic

*** (three stars)

The sky isn't pink in this black-and-white Japanese drama, but the hopes of the high-school kids we meet in it are rosy. Izumi (Ai Ikeda), who marks up the paper with a personal tally of good news every day, finds a wallet with 300,000 yen (about $4,000). She's persuaded by her friends to return it to rich kid Sato (Tsubasa Takayama), but only after she loans some of it to a destitute fishing buddy. Since some of the money is gone, Sato pressures Izumi to write items for a “good news” newspaper he's publishing to cheer up a hospitalized friend. Writer-director Keiichi Kobayashi captures some poetic moments as these teens dance on the line between childhood and responsibility.

-- Sean P. Means

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