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Set in Kochi Prefecture! Two famous movie locations

Set in Kochi Prefecture! Two famous movie locations


Kochi Prefecture is a dynamic place with the natural beauty of the Shimanto River and the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean, and it also retains a historical aspect. Here are some movies set in Kochi Prefecture, which has such a unique character.

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The Dragon and the Freckled Princess

The Dragon and the Freckled Princess is a movie that was released in 2021. Directed, written, and based on the novel by Mamoru Hosoda, it was quite a popular film, so many of you probably know about it. If you cannot distinguish between Mamoru Hosoda and Makoto Shinkai, don't worry.

The story centers around Suzu, a high school girl who loves to sing and who has decided to join the virtual world of "U" on the Internet.

Asao Shimoshita Bridge

First, we would like to introduce the Asao Chinkabashi Bridge in Kochi Town, Takaoka County, Kochi Prefecture, the town where the main character, Suzu, was born and raised.
The bridge is 120 meters long and spans the Niyodo River, one of Kochi Prefecture's representative rivers, which has the cleanest water quality in Japan. The Niyodo River has a beautiful blue surface, and there is a pool called "Niyodo Blue," which is also a highlight of the river.

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Spot name: Asao Submerged Bridge
Address: Kamaida, Kochi-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi

Crystal-colored water enchants visitors at Shozyobuchi, Yasui Valley

This is the place where the main character, Suzu, appears in her reminiscences.

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Spot Name: Yasui Valley, Shojyobuchi
Address: 1627-4 Oya, Niyodogawa-cho, Agawa-gun, Kochi

Obiyacho Shopping Street, the main street of Kochi City

This is an arcade that Suzu, the main character, passes by on her way to her friend Hiro's house. Although the scenery in the work is a great reproduction, I feel that a lot of effort was put into the production of the work in that the names of the stores have been slightly changed, perhaps due to personal information issues.
'Do you see such a crowd of people in Kochi?' The one who said. Mouth, Miffy.

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Spot Name: Obiyacho Shopping Street
Address: Obiyacho Shopping Street

The story turns at the station, after all! JR Kochi Station

Suzu takes an overnight bus to Tokyo, and the place is Kochi Station.
As one would expect, there would be compliance issues, so they did not go with the A Fatty Train.

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Spot name: JR Kochi Station
Address: 2-1-10 Eida-cho, Kochi-shi, Kochi
Phone number: 088-822-8229

Tinzu's "hideout", Nouzu Elementary School

This is the place where Suzu was working with computers. The school was considered abandoned in the work.

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Spot Name: Nozu Elementary School
Address: 8, Honmura, Hidaka-mura, Takaoka-gun, Kochi

Ino Station

It was the scene that revealed that Camisin and Luca were in love with each other.

Scenery in front of Ino Station

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Spot name: Ino Station
Address: 1419-3, Ino-cho, Agawa-gun, Kochi

Kirishima, quit club activities.

Kirishima, bukkatsu yameratte yo" is a movie based on a coming-of-age novel by Ryo Asai and was released in 2012. Directed by Daihachi Yoshida, script by Kohei Kiyasu and Daihachi Yoshida, based on the novel by Ryo Asai, and starring Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, and Masahiro Higashide.
The film won the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the 34th Yokohama Film Festival, the Best Japanese Film Award and Best Director Award at the 67th Mainichi Film Awards, and three top awards including Best Film at the 36th Japan Academy Awards.

The story begins when word spreads through the school that Kirishima, the captain of the volleyball team, is quitting the club. Various students are upset when they hear about it. The changes that occur in each student are described in detail.

The story progresses without anyone knowing why Kirishima stopped club activities or what Kirishima did afterwards, and gradually the sense of anxiety and frustration of the surrounding students begins to surface.

Hiroki, a ghost member of the baseball team who played basketball with Kirishima after school, can no longer do so and quits.
Aya, the head of the brass band club, who has been thinking about Hiroki behind his back, goes from one practice place to another in search of him.
Jitsuka, a member of the badminton club, compares herself to her dead sister in every way and shuts down about her inferiority, refusing to open up to anyone. She begins to have feelings for Kazasuke, who is appointed to replace Kirishima on the volleyball team and works hard. A volleyball match is held, but they lose. Jitsuka watches the match and begins to look at herself in a new light.
Maeda, a member of the film club, was stuck in shooting a zombie movie. However, his advisor dismisses the film as unrealistic. Maeda was undeterred and continued filming. The filming was difficult because Aya would not stop practicing at the filming location. He must have thought, "Don't stop the camera. Don't stop the camera.
Maeda likes Kasumi, but finds out that she is dating Ryuta (one of her friends who used to play basketball after school with Kirishima).
Around here, all the characters are frustrated.
Finally, the film club and the volleyball club get into a tussle over a rumor about Kirishima, and the camera breaks by accident. As Maeda fixes it, he spits out a line from the movie script: "We have to live in this world.
Hiroki then comes over and exchanges with Maeda. He asked Hiroki, "Are you going to be a film director in the future?" Hiroki asked Maeda. Maeda's answer was that he honestly couldn't. Hiroki started crying and called Kirishima. Hiroki cries and calls Kirishima, and the story ends.

The most characteristic thing about this work here is that the crucial Kirishima does not appear at all, but only in the topic (something reminiscent of "All About Lily Chou-Chou"). I speculated that by taking such an approach, the artist was expressing something that this Kirishima symbolizes in some way. Please watch the film to see if this was a correct guess. I'm going to stop guessing.

Kochi Chuo High School used as the stage school "Shorai High School

Shorai High School, the central setting of the work, was used for this Kochi Chuo High School. It is nice to look at the school building while remembering each scene of the work.

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Spot Name: Kochi Chuo High School
Address: 324-1, Otsu B, Kochi, Kochi Prefecture

Kochi Nishi High School

The Kochi Nishi High School gymnasium was used for location shooting as the venue where the volleyball team played their matches. The team without Kirishima lost the match miserably. Kazasuke, who was used as a replacement for Kirishima, was made to realize the difference in ability between him and Kirishima.

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Spot Name: Kochi Nishi High School
Address: 2-5-70 Kamobe, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

Where two people who meet by chance spend time together AEON MALL Kochi

Since this is a shopping mall that exists nationwide, you may honestly go "hmmm" when you hear the word "sacred place," but don't worry, we will introduce it to you.

In the film, Maeda and Kasumi go to the TOHO Cinemas Kochi to see a movie. After that, they go to a game center.

<Spot Information
Spot Name: AEON MALL Kochi
Address: 1-4-8 Hata Minami-cho, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture
Phone number: 088-826-8000
Hours of operation: 9:00 - 23:00
Regular day off: No regular day off

Hiroki witnesses the efforts of the baseball captain Josai Park

Hiroki, who was halfway through his baseball club activities without much effort, happened to see the captain of the baseball team practicing his swinging at this park. What did Hiroki want and what did he think?

Spot Name: Josai Park
Address: 1-8 Marunouchi, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture


Works set in Kochi vary widely, with some works placing the land and its history at the forefront (especially those related to Sakamoto Ryoma), and others, on the other hand, being chosen as one of the general locations. I think the works introduced here are more in the latter category. Both of these works are stories about people in their younger years, and I think they focus on the way we are and how we should live our lives. If you are interested in these works, please take a look at them.

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