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The Japanese film industry has themed many movies around that imported holiday, Christmas, or, more specifically, Christmas Eve, which has become Japan’s date night of date nights. Even those outside the local film industry now celebrate special days that originated elsewhere, including Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and, as Junichi Ishikawa’s new feel-good film makes clear from its title, April Fool’s Day.

Ishikawa and scriptwriter Ryota Kosawa, who teamed up on the hit “Legal High” drama series for Fuji TV, have made that rarity: a Japanese commercial film based on an original story, unfolding entirely on April Fool’s Day.

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