The Blossoming of Kamiya Etsuko

The Blossoming of Kamiya Etsuko (紙屋悦子の青春, Kamiya Etsuko no Seishun) is a drama written by Masataka Matsuda. Later, a movie version, directed by Kazuo Kuroki and starring Tomoyo Harada and Masatoshi Nagase, was released in Japan on August 12, 2006.[1] Kuroki died several months before it was released.

The Blossoming of Kamiya Etsuko
Directed byKazuo Kuroki
Written byKazuo Kuroki
Hideki Yamada
Masataka Matsuda (play)
StarringTomoyo Harada
Masatoshi Nagase
CinematographyKoichi Kawakami
Edited byYoshiyuki Okuhara
Music byTeizo Matsumura
Bandai Visual
TV Asahi
Pal Entertainments
Distributed byPal Entertainments
Release date
  • August 12, 2006 (2006-08-12) (Japan)
Running time
111 minutes


In Kagoshima, in the final days of World War II, an offer of marriage comes to Etsuko Kamiya, who lives with her brother and his wife. The offer comes from Nagayo, but Etsuko is attracted to his friend, Akashi.[2]



  • 31st Hochi Movie Award - Special Prize
  • 61st Mainichi Film Award - Cinematographic Award (Koichi Kawakami)
  • 21st Takasaki Film Festival - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Manami Honjo)
  • Kinema Junpo Japanese Movie Best 10 in 2006 - 4th Place
  • Japanese Film Pen Club in 2006 - 2nd Place in Japanese films


  1. ^ Roman Rosenbaum; Yasuko Claremont (2011). Note 2: Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: The Yakeato Generation. Routledge. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-415-57951-3. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. ^ "没後十年黒木和雄映画祭 Kazuo Kuroki Film Festival". シネマヌオーボ. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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