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The seishun eiga (youth film) is not exclusive to Japan — plenty of films from elsewhere deal with the joys and agonies of adolescence — but this popular genre has acquired certain only-in-Japan quirks.

For one thing, many seishun eiga directors are old enough to be the grandparents of their teenage characters. And their films are often exercises in nostalgia aimed more at the graying director’s generation than present-day kids.

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