If you've never been to Japan, you don't know how big baseball is there. At this point, it's probably bigger there than it is in America where it's supposed to be our national pastime. Anyway, this film tells the tale of a young Japanese boy who just so happens to be a very gifted baseball pitcher. The problem is that he has a little brother who is ill all the time. The mother of these two boys seems to resent her older son's health since her younger son is always sick. The family moves to where the mother's dad lives supposedly because it's a better environment for her sick son. There the older son meets another boy his own age that just so happens to be a baseball catcher and the two strike up a friendship when the catcher is finally able to handle the pitches thrown his way. The older son, being that he is so gifted at something very important to him, goes through life alienating just about everyone because he feels so superior. The only thing in the world that seems to matter to him is pitching and everything else, including his family, he treats as though it's in his way. I don't want to give away too much of the film but I liked it a great deal and baseball is my favorite sport so the movie just appealed to me naturally. If you don't mind watching a foreign film with English subtitles then I recommend seeing this movie. Two thumbs up!
Takumi Harada and his family moves to Okayama during spring break before his entry to Junior High School. On the baseball field, Takumi has enormous confidence in his ability as a pitcher, but socially he is a loner.
January 27, 2021