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Running time
96 min
Screen Size
Japanese Theatrical Release
September 12th, 2009
Satomi Kobayashi
Ryo Kase
Masako Motai
Director / Screenplay: Mika Omori
Original Story: Erika Sakurazawa (“POOL” published by Gentosha)
Cinematography: Mineto Tani
Music: Takahiro Kaneko

Love, that's all it takes.
A story of 6 days with 5 Japanese gathered around a small sparkling pool at Chiang Mai in Thailand.
With the same staff of “Kamome Diner” and “MEGANE” that brought a new wave in Japanese movies, another inspiring film is coming. The new title “POOL” is a story about unique but ordinary people who live their lives the ways they believe.

Introduction :
After leading the two films “Kamome Diner” (2006) and “MEGANE” (2007) to phenomenal hits in Japan, the staff of the titles got together once again to create another inspiring movie, “POOL”.
Original story is written by a popular comic artist Erika Sakurazawa, and Mika Omori, who works for “My Boss, My Hero” (TV drama), “Detroit Metal City” (2008), “KAIJI” (2009) and more as a scriptwriter, has been selected as the director and the scriptwriter for the film. As the main casts, Satomi Kobayashi, Ryo Kase and Masako Motai come back from the previous titles.

The film has a message that “people can develop little by little”.
Anybody can feel and care about people whether they are good at it or not…

Story :
4 years ago, Kyoko started to live alone in Thailand, leaving her mother and her daughter, Sayo, in Japan. Just before the graduation of University, Sayo sets foot on Thailand to visit her mother. However, contrary to her expectation, it was not her mother who came to pick up Sayo, but Ichio who works for Kyoko.
After 4 years, Sayo finds her mother not changed at all. Kyoko always lives her own way no matter where she lives or whom she lives with, and it perplexes Sayo though she knew it.

At a guest house Kyoko runs, there also were a Thai kid called Bee and a Japanese woman called Kikuko who has mysterious atmosphere, and Sayo can hardly accept her mother living happily with those unknown people.

At a place with beautiful greenery, there is a small pool where you can feel wonderful ozone. During 6 days at Chiang Mai in Thailand with beautiful scenery, with a close relationship among the people, there is something developing in Sayo’s mind who is going back home…