The Drudgery Train
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- Movie: The Drudgery Train (English title)
- Romaji: Kueki Ressha
- Japanese: 苦役列車
- Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
- Writer: Kenta Nishimura (novel), Shinji Imaoka
- Producer: Junichi Kozuki, Naoya Kinoshita, Hirohumi Shigemura, Kunihiko Kodama, Yuji Sadai
- Cinematographer: Yoshihiro Ikeuchi
- Release Date: July 14, 2012
- Runtime: 114 min.
- Genre: Drama / Youth
- Distributor: Toei
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Kitamichi (Mirai Moriyama) is a 19-year-old labor worker who only went far as middle school. He's now hooked on alcohol while playing around. Kitamichi develops feelings for Yasuko (Atsuko Maeda), who works in a used used bookstore, but he has never had a girlfriend or, currently, any friends. Kitamichi also meets Kusakabe (Kengo Kora) who he becomes friends with. Jealousy soon threatens their friendship.
- Based on the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel "Kueki Ressha" (published January 26, 2011) by Kenta Nishimura.
- Female character Yasuko was created in the movie adaptation and does not exist in the original novel.
- Filming began November 25, 2011
|Mirai Moriyama||Kengo Kora||Atsuko Maeda||Makita Sports||Tomorowo Taguchi|
|Kanta Kitamachi||Shoji Kusakabe||Yasuko Sakurai||Iwao Takahashi||manager of used bookstore|
Additional Cast Members:
- Hiroshi Sato - male worker
- Mamiko Ito - Sumiyo
- Miwako Wagatsuma - Ikatenpu Program Host
- Tsutomu Takahashi - Kenji Maeno
- Shohei Uno - man soliciting business
- Kouji Tsujimoto
- Asuka Ishii
- 2012 (15th) Shanghai International Film Festival - June 16-24, 2012 - Official Selection
- 2012 (48th) Chicago International Film Festival - October 11-25, 2012 - World Cinema
- 2013 (13th) Nippon Connection - June 4-June 9, 2013 - Nippon Cinema *German Premiere