Kamachi (2004 film)

Kamachi (かまち) is a Japanese film produced in 2003 by Rokurō Mochizuki.[1] The film centers around the life of poet and painter Kamachi Yamada at the age of 17. The film stars Lead member Shinya Tanuichi as the titular character.

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Directed byRokurō Mochizuki
Produced byToshiharu Ozawa, Kazutami Ishii, Takehito Hikita, Hideaki Sato
Written byChizuko Yamada
StarringShinya Tanuichi, Hiroki Nakadoi, Akira Kagimoto, Keita Furuya, Fumiko Himeno, Akane Osawa, Fumi Dan, Jun Fubuki
Music byKoji Endo
Distributed byNippon Herald Films, Pony Canyon, Progressive Pictures, Imagica, Adnes, Sankei Shimbun
Release date
  • March 13, 2004 (2004-03-13) (Japan)

The film was originally distributed at the 109 Cinemas Takasaki in Takasaki, Gunma, Kamachi Yamada's place of birth, on February 28, 2004. It was released nationwide two weeks later on March 13, 2004.


The film opens in 1975 with the character Kamachi Yamada (Shinya Tanuichi), who strives to be the best he can be. His motto throughout his life was "24 hours a day is not enough." However, when he fails to get into an elite school, he enlists in a cram school, where he meets Yoko (Fumiko Himeno), who he falls in love with. After confessing his love, she suggests they remain friends, much to his dismay.

Twenty years later, Shun (Hiroki Nakadoi) starts a web site, calling for people to "enter another world." A girl, Miyuki (Akane Osawa), and a boy, Yuichi (Keita Furuya), respond. All three attend the same cram school, of which an older Yoko (Fumi Dan) is now an instructor, and Miyuki purchases sleeping pills from Shun.

Throughout the film, Yoko helps the troubled teens in breaking away from the use of drugs and learning to live in the moment. At the end, she tells Miyuki about Kamachi, who was trying to live his life to the fullest, and how much he loved her. In 1977, two years after Kamachi and Yoko met, Kamachi had received the news that his studying paid off and he was accepted into an elite high school. It was also the day when Yoko had told Kamachi that it was possible they would not remain friends forever.

In 1977, at the age of seventeen, Kamachi lost his life due to being electrocuted from malfunctioning musical equipment. His death was caused by the very guitar he was given for his birthday a few months prior.


  • Shinya Tanuichi as Kamachi Yamada
  • Keita Furuya as Sayama Yuichi
  • Akira Kagimoto as Himuro Kosuke
  • Hiroki Nakadoi as Shun Iijma
  • Akane Osawa as Miyuki Kinoshita
  • Fumi Dan as Yoko Kanno
  • Fumiko Himeno as Yoko Kanno (age 16)
  • Yoshizumi Ishihara as Takashi Iijima
  • Hiromi Sakimoto as Takashi Iijima (age 16)
  • Sonoda Kentaro as Kuramoto Shoichi
  • Jun Fubuki as Chizuko Yamada
  • Eiji Okuda as Shuichi Yamada
  • Taka Kobayashi as Tomoki Yamada
  • Hinako Sano as Natsuko Yamada
  • Akihiro Shimizu as Sensei Murase
  • Michi Yamamura as Haruko Tsunoda
  • Toshiyuki Kitami as Director Shiraishi
  • Tomorowo Taguchi as Sensei Komori
  • Amiko Kanaya as Kaoru Motohashi
  • Satoshi Shinohara as Ken Mizushima
  • Erika Kuroishi as Makiko Uchimura
  • Megumi Takahashi as Satoko Nakajo
  • Ikumi Kudo as Tomofumi Shinoda
  • Shoichi Matsuda as Kazushi Baba
  • Shunsuke Imafuku as Yasuhiro Sawada

Life and death of Kamachi YamadaEdit

Kamachi Yamada (山田 かまち) was born on July 21, 1960 in Takasaki in the Gunma Prefecture, Japan. He had begun to draw pictures when he was a year-and-a-half. By the time he was in grade 2, he had begun to write down his own poetry by the advice of his mother. By grade 3, he was able to draw several pictures of animals from memory within an hour. By grade 9, Kamachi began to immerse himself in rock music due to the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, among others. During that year, he formed a rock group with his friends.[2]

He had rebelled against the Japanese education system, causing him to fail his entrance exam for senior high school. During his time in which he began studying to retake the exam, he had lost a childhood friend, who he was in love with. The stress led him back to painting and poetry.

Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Kamachi was electrocuted by the guitar in his Tatami room in 1977. It was after his passing when his family discovered multiple notebooks full of poetry, watercolor paintings and drawings.[3]

The works were later placed in a museum.[4]


Kamachi featured music composed and performed by Koji Endo, along with performances with Bonnie Pink and Anamu & Maki.[5] While the hip-hop group Lead performed the film's theme song, "Get Wild Life", it was not featured on the soundtrack. The group had released the song on December 3, 2003, three months before the film's release.

The soundtrack was released on CD.

Kamachi: Original Sound TraxEdit

  1. "Kamachi Comes Alive at bicycle" – Koji Endo
  2. "Twist And Shout" – Anumi & Maki x Koji Endo
  3. "Kamachi Comes Alive at bluesky" – Koji Endo
  4. "Please Mr. Postman at boy'sroom" – Bonnie Pink x Koji Endo
  5. "Boys' Struggle" – Koji Endo
  6. "Still in the Dark" – Koji Endo
  7. "Kamachi Comes Alive at kitsune" – Koji Endo
  8. "Kamachi Comes Alive at shiratama" – Koji Endo
  9. "Please Mr. Postman at following" – Koji Endo
  10. "Under the Pencil of Agony" – Koji Endo
  11. "Kamachi Comes Alive at handshake" – Koji Endo
  12. "Please Mr. Postman at laidback" – Bonnie Pink x Koji Endo
  13. "This Is Not The Goal" – Koji Endo
  14. "Ain't Blown Off" – Koji Endo
  15. "Kamachi Comes Alive at nowadays" – Koji Endo

Critical receptionEdit

The film generated mixed-to-positive reviews. On the movie site Movie Walker, the film was given predominately positive reviews, garnering a 4 star ranking.[6] On the site FilMarks, the film generated mixed reviews, with a score of 2.6 out of 5.0.[7] On the popular site IMDb, the film had generated a 7.8 out of 10.[8]

Director Rokuro Mochizuki's treatment with hip-hop singer Shinya Taniuchi and actress Jun Fubuki, was criticized as being superficial and romanticized.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Kamachi (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "The boy who lost everything". Japan Times. March 17, 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "高崎市山田かまち美術館". Takasaki City. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Takasaki City Yamada Kamachi Art Museum". Takasaki Tourism Association. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "CD かまち サウンドトラック 山田かまち 遠藤浩二(日本映画)". aucfan. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kamachi Reviews". Movie Walker. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "かまち – 映画情報・レビュー・評価・あらすじ". Filmarks. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kamachi (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Mes, Tom (May 11, 2005). "The Rise and Fall of Rokuro Mochizuki". Midnight Eye. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  10. ^ Jacoby, Alexander (2008). A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. pp. 184–185. ISBN 978-1-933330-53-2.

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