“Halfway” (“Harufuwei”) has one of those katakana titles that is supposed to sound vaguely exotic and mysterious to its intended audience — Japanese of about the same age as its teenage protagonists — but may strike native speakers as prosaic, even boring.

The most obvious interpretation: The film’s two young lovers, both seniors at a high school in Hokkaido, are halfway to adulthood. What else could it mean?

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