Flying Colors ★★★★

Remarkable how far at bay any sexual or romantic tension is kept. Nice work. You know what this is going to be and how it's going to end from the start. The film takes a big dip about two thirds in with speeches and melodramatic family drama, but other than that it's a gigantic ice cream sundae. Kasumi Arimura has a lot of screen charisma for a young actress. The film wouldn't have worked without her. I also found the cram-school teacher adorable, if caricatured. So, it is what it is, and it's good at what it is. I cried four times. Happy cries.