Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.
After being told that Piano no Mori was about a piano in a forest and two friends who become rivals in a competition, I thought I was in for something trite and maybe a bit vague. In actual fact, the ‘piano competition' setup ends up being rather secondary when you consider the movie as a whole; far more important is the portrayal of two friends who, through their differences, learn valuable... read more
I really enjoyed this movie! It was a lot of fun to watch!
The plot was very engrossing and successfully pulled me in. The piano in the forest really fascinated me in that Kai was the only one who could play it, as if he was literally chosen by the piano! And, I loved seeing Kai evolve from someone who just played for fun to understanding how much work went into learning different scores... read more
|Piano no Mori||1998|