For reference I decided to make a list of all the Japanese films I've seen. Order is from newest to…
How to Become Myself
A lonely Japanese girl reaches out to a former classmate.
Ichikawa uses fades and split screens and shots about nothing all in the service of a poetic rhythm. I prefer the literal, if a little overly formal, English translation of this film's title, How to Create Myself of Tomorrow, over the one you're likely to find on the DVD box in your favorite import video store, How to Become Myself. I think it better reflects the imaginative presentation of this lovely little teen flick.
I didn't expect to burst into tears while watching this movie, but I did. I guess it hit close to home, somehow. Even though it's pretty low budget, it's really nice.
All Japanese films I've seen.