Summer Vacation 1999

Summer Vacation 1999 (1999年の夏休み, Sen-kyūhyaku-kyūjūkyū-nen no Natsuyasumi) is a 1988 Japanese romantic drama film directed by Shusuke Kaneko, based on the manga series The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio. It follows the lives of four students at a remote all-boys boarding school after one of their classmates commits suicide. Although the manga concerns homoerotic relationships among the boys, director Kaneko used girls, aged 14 to 16, to portray the boys in the film.[1][2][3]

Summer Vacation 1999
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Japanese DVD cover
Directed byShusuke Kaneko
Screenplay byRio Kishida
Based onThe Heart of Thomas
by Moto Hagio
CinematographyKenji Takama
Music byYuriko Nakamura
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • March 26, 1988 (1988-03-26)
Running time
90 minutes



Summer Vacation 1999 was released theatrically in Japan by Shochiku on March 26, 1988.[2] It was shown as part of the New Directors/New Films Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in March 1989.[3] The film was also later screened at the 2001 Dutch Transgender Film Festival (NTGF).[4] In March 2014, Summer Vacation 1999 was part of the program honoring film critic Donald Richie at the Japan Society of New York.[5]


At the 10th Yokohama Film Festival in 1989, the film was ranked number 8 in the Best 10 Films of the year. At the same festival, director Shusuke Kaneko won the Best Director award for his work on this film and his other 1988 entry Last Cabaret, and Kenji Takama won the award for Best Cinematography.[6] The film was also nominated for the Best Editing Award at the 12th Japan Academy Film Prizes.[7]


  1. ^ 1999年の夏休み(1988). AllCinema (in Japanese). Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b 1999年の夏休み. MovieWalker (in Japanese). Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (March 24, 1989). "Movie Review: Summer Vacation 1999 (1989)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Summer Vacation: 1999". The Dutch Transgender Film Festival. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Film: Summer Vacation 1999". Japan Society. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  6. ^ 第10回ヨコハマ映画祭: 1988年日本映画個人賞. Yokohama Film Festival (in Japanese). October 30, 2005. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  7. ^ 第12回 日本アカデミー賞. Japan Academy Film Prize (in Japanese). Retrieved June 10, 2015.

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