How to Become Myself

Genre: Drama
97 min

Hurry, hurry!

Eat this, nerd.

Hey, I brought a camera today.

Let's take one together.

- Let's take one.

- Sure!

Take one for us then, Juri.


Back then...

I was afraid of the arrival

of tomorrow.

Say cheese!

Let's take one together, Kanako!

If I wasn't myself...

If I was her...

Would there have been a different

tomorrow for me?

Say cheese.

Hey, let's play dodgeball.

Let me borrow it.


Who wants to play dodgeball?


Dodgeball? Let's play!

It must be the same in all

elementary schools.

Juri! What are you staring at?

There's a bullied one,

a chosen one...

and one who is neither.

Enough is enough!

Don't raise your voice like that,

our kids will hear us.

It must be the same

in all families.

Should we go down?

That place is too expensive.

There's a father,

It's no use.

There's a mother...

and a child trying to keep them together.

Have you thought about which junior

high school she should apply to?

I'll leave everything to you.

Can you stop being so irresponsible?

I woke up because I was thirsty.

Oh? Want something to drink?

Back then...

I was afraid of the arrival of tomorrow.

Smile, Makoto.

Look at the camera,

all right? Smile!

Say cheese!

Okay, okay. That's it.

Great, great.

How to Become Myself



I received a phone call

from your mother.

I heard you're taking a week off from

school until the entrance exam.


I don't approve of it as a teacher,

but there's nothing I can do if that's

what your parents want.

Please sit down.

I can't spend quality time with my daughter

because of my busy work schedule.

So I'm thankful to my wife for

holding the family together.

I try my best to put my grateful

feelings into words,

and express them to my

wife in front of Juri.

Juri is a kind, sensitive girl

who cares for the family.

Not only is she kind,

she's growing up to be a truly strong girl...

I was so nervous!

That made me hungry.

Hey, why don't we grab a

bite on our way back?

Let's... go straight home for today.


Let's get Makoto too, and go out for dinner together

when you're accepted by this school.

- Really?

- Sure.

So work hard for the exam.

Yes, I will.

It can't be helped!

She only took the entrance exam

because you wanted her to.

So it's my fault now?

"Work hard", "I will",

"try to work hard", "let's work hard".

Are you trying to say it's

my fault she failed?

I tried my best.

But no one taught me what to do

when I tried my best...

and still failed.

I'll get going.


("Do your best" gesture)

- I'll get going.

- Take care.

Don't worry too much

about our parents.

They are a lot stronger

than we think.


It might have been worse

if you actually passed.


They like to be needed

by their children.

Good morning.

Things changed while I was taking

days off from school.

That popular Hanada Kanako lost her status

because of some disagreements

during a class rep meeting.

...what do we call planting different

crops in the same space?

Yes, Hanada?

...ssion planting.

I can't hear you!


It's... Succession planting

That's correct.

The most common example in Japan

is rice and wheat, remember?

Rice during the summer...

And that Kubota Manami

was accepted by the private

school I got rejected by.

Mom, I have to return some

books to the library.


Thank you so much.

Send me emails, okay?

Don't forget about me.

Sugitani, did you come here

to avoid them too?

They're sad about leaving each other,

even though they never got along.

They exchange thanks,

when they're not really grateful.

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