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Of all the many breeds of musician out there, few are as stubbornly uncinematic as acoustic singer-songwriters. Forget flamboyance, creative excess, clashing egos and all the other qualities that tend to attract filmmakers to the music industry in the first place. The average singer-songwriter gig is closer to a poetry reading than a rock show and is equally hard to dramatize.

Haru (Mugi Kadowaki) is the archetypal emotionally inarticulate artist: a dowdy loner who uses her songs to express the feelings she usually keeps veiled behind a facade of indifference. When she spots Leo (Nana Komatsu) at the industrial laundry where they both work, she’s immediately drawn to her and suggests that they try playing together.

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