Ryo is a young teacher who, unlike her colleagues, does not adopt an authoritarian attitude to the adolescents she has in her care. She does not realise at first that, by doing this, she is putting herself at risk. The 14-year-olds feel misunderstood by the adults who insensitively snuff out their young ambitions. When their frustration grows, the adolescents turn into secretive and hard-bitten kids. As a result, Ryo is thrown back in time and confronted with her own dark past, in which she resisted the insensitive world of her superiors. Then she meets Koichi, a man she knows from her studies. He was a talented pianist in his youth, but his ambitions were also made impotence by an adult. Now he works for the local electricity company and he has allowed himself to be persuaded to give piano lessons to the son of a colleague. It becomes clear that Ryo and Koichi have shared experiences that they can only now relive and then come to terms with. Fourteen is an atmospheric and subtle drama in which two different generations mirror each other in the most vulnerable period of their lives. (SdH)

Original title
Ju-yon-sai
Filmmaker
Hirosue Hiromasa
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Japan
Year
2006
Medium
35mm
Length
114’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Amano Mayumi
Production Company
PIA Film Festival
Sales
PIA Film Festival
Writer
Takahashi Izumi
Cinematography
Hashimoto Kiyoaki
Editor
Hirosue Hiromasa, Fushima Shinichi
Production Design
Matsuzuka Takashi
Sound Design
Hayashi Daisuke
Music
Ikari Hideki
Cast
Hirosue Hiromasa, Namiki Akie