It's ok, but the book is infinitely better. I was really expecting a lot more after reading the book and reading the other glowing reviews. I guess there was no choice about using very young actors considering the plot, but with the exception of Noriko, Takako, Shuya, Shogo and of course Kitano, the rest of the acting was pretty bush-league. If you like reading, skip the movie and just read the book. So much more than what you see on screen is contained between those magical pages.