The story starts in 1987, when ordinary 18-year-old Yokomichi Yonosuke (Kengo Kora) leaves his home in Nagasaki to go to university in Tokyo.
Simple-minded Yonosuke is brought out of his shell in college, where he joins the samba club and learns to dance.
The film focuses on relationships - between Yonosuke and his best friends, Ippei Kuramochi and Yui Akutsu, and between himself and the girl of his affections, Shoko Yosano (Yuriko Yoshitaka).
Those who meet Yonosuke are greatly influenced by him. And as time passes - after even a decade and a half - the young, funny guy remains in their memories.
While many Japanese films might be painfully slow to develop, A Story of Yonosuke is long, but doesn't drag too much.
The film's rich, sweet content tugs at the heartstrings, and its humour is sure to have you laughing.
This is a movie well worth it, offering a change from regular summer holiday flicks.
YP Rating: 4/5