Honey and Clover

3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Adapted from a popular manga series—which also has been reworked into both anime and live-action TV shows—Honey and Clover is another Japanese coming-of-age drama that goes heavy on whimsy. (See also 2006’s The Taste of Tea and the festival mainstay A Gentle Breeze in the Village.) Set in and around an art school, the movie is the antithesis of Art School Confidential; the title is derived from Emily Dickinson: “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.” Although the film has its share of funny-true moments—as when a student imagines himself arrested for stalking his crush—the mawkishness grows tiresome over the long haul.

By: Ben Kenigsberg



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Cast and crew

Masahiro Takada
Masahiro Takada, Masahiko Kawahara
Sho Sakurai
Yu Aoi
Yusuke Iseya
Ryo Kase
Megumi Seki
Yoko Kanno
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