Blue Spring (青い春 Aoi haru?) is a Japanese 2001 film,
written and directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, based on Taiyō
Matsumoto''s manga of same title and released on 22 June
2002, tells a tale of apathetic school students at a
run-down Tokyo high school for boys.
At Asashi High, a run-down senior high school for boys,
Kujo (Ryuhei Matsuda), Aoki (Hirofumi Arai), Yukio
(Sousuke Takaoka), Yoshimura (Shugo Oshinari) and Ota
(Yuta Yamazaki) are a gang of school friends lost in
apathy and dissatisfaction. They are aware their future
offers limited options. Even most teachers have already
written them off as a lost cause.
Kujo''s gang is part of the school''s illegal society,
which is controlled through a rooftop game: the Clapping
Game, which is a test of courage. Who wins the game gets
to be the society''s leader and rules all gangs
throughout Asashi High. No teacher can stand up to the
After a round of the Clapping Game, Kujo wins the
leadership, which excites his best friend Aoki who wants
Kujo to dominate the school with punches of casual
violence, but Kujo passively resists.
Aoki eventually realizes his best friend only took part
in the Clapping Game to pass the time. Kujo never wanted
to be the school''s leader. Devastated, Aoki challenges
Kujo for his leadership, and loses.
As Aoki becomes disillusioned, alienated and hostile
toward Kujo, friends around them slowly fall apart,
bringing their school to a series of mini violent