Girl in the Sunny Place

Japan Release: 2013
Running Time:
129 minutes

Girl in the Sunny Place

Japanese Title

[Hidamari no Kanojo]

Distributor: Production:

Toho / Asmik Ace
Toho / Asmik Ace / J Storm / Amuse

Young, lonely, yet kind Kosuke is a salaryman working in sales, but has no luck in love, despite a boss witnessing his coworkers and their various love relationships. One day a new sales job from another company comes along, and through that job he is reunited with a friend from ten years before—Mao, a beautiful free spirit who secretly is in love with Kosuke, but who lost track of him when they graduated high school. Kosuke is secretly delighted to see Mao again, and after the two of them get over a brief awkward stage, they reveal their mutual affection, which leads to a heartwarming romance and, eventually, marriage. However, Mao harbors a mysterious past. She was found wandering the streets naked as a child and adopted by a caring older couple, but she suffers from amnesia, and where she came from is still a mystery, and only a wizened old woman seems to know her secrets. That strange past and the secrets that still nag at her will eventually come back to haunt their seemingly storybook romance.

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International Title

Girl in the Sunny Place

Initial US Title

US Distributor: - / Time: -

Alternate Titles

The Girl in the Sun
[Literal translation]




Directed by Takahiro Miki
Writing credits Osamu Koshigaya, Kosuke Mukai, Tomoe Kanno
Produced by Minami Ichikawa, Julie Fujishima, Tatsuro Hatanaka, Masao Teshima, Shinji Ogawa, Mitsuru Uda, Manabu Endo
Executive Producer Taiji Ueda
Music by Mio-Sotido, Shin Yasui, Tatsuro Yamashita
Cinematography by Yoko Itakura
Film Editing by Junichi Ito
Production Design by Hidefumi Hanatani
Assistant Director Hiroyuki Inokoshi
Director of Special Effects Kosuke Kamata
Kosuke Okuda Jun Matsumoto
Mao Watarai Juri Ueno
Haruki Sindo, Mao's Coworker Tetsuji Tamayama
Shota Okuda, Kosuke's Brother Masaki Suda
Susumu Tanaka, Kosuke's Coworker Koji Ohkura
Yuri Minegishi, Kosuke's Coworker Mitsuki Tanimura
Kosuke's Mother Naomi Nishida
Shiota Momoko Mori
Mao's Father Sansei Shiomi
Department Head Kazutoyo Koyabu
Mao's Boss Maho Toyota
Mao's Mother Midori Kiuchi
Ohshita Mari Natsuki
Mao Watarai (Middle School) Wakana Aoi
Kosuke Okuda (Middle School) Takumi Kitamura
Shiota (Middle School) Toko Miura


Box Office

Release Date: October 12th, 2013 (Japan)
Opening Weekend: ¥272,322,919 / $2,763,297 (Japan, 304 Screens)
Total: ¥1,790,000,000 / $18,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 The Girl in the Sun: Standard Edition Toho (2014)  
Japan Region 2 The Girl in the Sun: Limited Edition Toho (2014)  
Japan Blu-ray The Girl in the Sun: Standard Edition Toho (2014)  
Japan Blu-ray The Girl in the Sun: Limited Edition Toho (2014)  

Background and Trivia

  • Based on the 2011 novel The Girl in the Sun by Osamu Koshigaya
  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on November 4th, 2014 with the registration number of PA0001879403. The movie was submitted under its Romaji title, Hidamari no Kanojo, and its international title, Girl in the Sunny Place. Authorship on the application was listed as Asmik Ace, Toho, J Storm and Amuse Inc.


Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
September 2, 2016