Top 10 Back to School Films
Set after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, all 14-year-old Yuichi Sumida (Shota Sometani) wants to become is a regular boy and live a decent life. His environment though repeatedly drags him into the mud.
Directed by Takeshi Kitano (VIOLENT COP, HANA BI) in the wake of a motorcycle accident that left one side of his body paralyzed, KIDS RETURN is about two high-school drop outs who try to find direction in their lives.
Chinese screen idols Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee star in this blockbuster romantic thriller about a pair of star-crossed lovers: a brutally bullied high-school student and her unlikely protector, a teenage street thug in need of redemption.
BETTER LUCK TOMORROW
A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
A group of friends form a soccer team and call themselves "Tigers". The group gets into a fight seniors at their school and other students begin to view them differently. One of the friends then becomes interested in the ex-girlfriend of a gang leader at another school. The "Tigers" soon find themselves in a gang war.
BOUNCE KO GIRLS
The film follows three modern Japanese schoolgirls in Tokyo as they flirt with lecherous old men and dodge the yakuza in the lucrative and sometimes dangerous practice of "enjo kosai" or "date clubs".
MY RAINY DAYS
Nozomi Sasaki is a charismatic model well known for her appearance on magazines and TV commercials, along with Shosuke Tanihara, known for his comical performance in "Handsome Suites" (2008), now playing a heartrending role who tries to look away from happiness.
HAN GONG JU
Han Gong-Ju (Chun Woo-Hee) is taken to a home in an unfamiliar area. The home belongs to her former high school teacher's mother. The mother wants to know why her son is leaving Han Gong-Ju there, even though he promised she will be there for only a week. A police investigation is ongoing back in Han Gong-Ju's hometown. Can Han Gong-Ju ever escape from her past?
Pluto is a story of the extremes elite high school seniors are prepared to go to guarantee entry into prestigious universities, and asks what could possibly turn an innocent boy into a monster. June, a transfer student into an elite school, is driven to despair by the year's first examination results. One day he discovers that a mysterious clique of fellow students are sharing secret notebooks, which contain important exam information. In order to get his hands on the notebooks he begs the members of the secret circle to include him. They task him with a series of missions to earn them, turning June into a monster in the process.