The Blue Bird

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Higashigaoka Junior High School is in turmoil as one of the pupils, Noguchi, who had been bullied, attempted suicide last term. On the first day of the new term, a substitute teacher arrives to take the second year class. When the teacher, Murauchi (Hiroshi Abe), introduces himself, the pupils are surprised by his stutter. He has a speech impediment. Unable to speak eloquently, Murauchi faces his pupils with ‘words of truth’. His first instruction to the pupils is to return Noguchi’s desk and chair to the original place in the classroom. Every morning Murauchi greets the empty desk, “Good morning, Noguchi.” This causes a ripple beyond the classroom and among other teachers and parents, but Murauchi will not stop doing it. Eventually the day comes when Murauchi must leave.

  1. Kenji Nakanishi


  2. Kenzaburô Iida


  3. Yasuo Hasegawa


  4. Kiyoshi Shigematsu


Top Billed Cast

  1. Hiroshi Abe

    Hiroshi Abe

    Mr. Murachi

  2. Kanata Hongo

    Kanata Hongo

    Shinichi Sonobe

  3. Yuko Araki

    Yuko Araki

    Mai Katayama

  4. Ayumi Ito

    Ayumi Ito

    Ms. Shimazaki

  5. Hajime Inoue

    Hajime Inoue

    Mr. Ishino

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The Blue Bird


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Original Title 青い鳥

Status Released

Release Information

  • November 29, 2008


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 45m

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