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"We Can't Change The World, But We Wanna Build a School in Cambodia" - a movie which will touch your heart til the end

Struggling life, unskilled leadership, a twist of fate, a bridge of love, a mouthful title, an inspiring true story

The title might be funny to you, but the story is indeed far more inspired than what you can imagine. Let me introduce you Kota Hada, a real-life ordinary student who successfully raise a large sum of money to build a school in Cambodia. From the story we learned that Kota was a second-year medical student who was struggling in studying and live, whose life changed after he stumble across a pamphlet advertising for Cambodia volunteering activities. For Kota, he had never been to or heard of this country before, but he was so happy to take this job. He had the supports from his 3 best friends, and he went further to create a group of people to collect the money. Though not skilled in leadership and speech, Kota always put his life on the line for this task.

The movie could not get high attraction without the hard work of the casts. On the spotlight, is Osamu Mukai who stars as the protagonist Kota. His performance savours the taste of bittersweet taste of life of a university student who is experiencing a pure pressure of both social and financial issues. However, it is not him alone that has done a great job. Even Cambodian counterparts performances were producing a unique feeling of people who suffered from both past and present issues, such as war, HIV/AIDS, and poverty. Not to mention a really sweet background music which will never let your mind fly away from the movie. 

This is a great movie, it brings you to see two countries, the first world country of Japan, and the third world country of Cambodia, magnificently that you feel appreciated for those countries, their people and culture. The movie also gives you a greater insight of volunteerism, what does it mean to volunteer to help others. Kota is the one who seeks help, but he chooses to help others so that he can find the meaning of his life, and it leads him to a whole new life.

Movie Snapshot: Directed by Kenta Fukasaku
Based on 僕たちは世界を変えることができない。by Kota Hada
Starring Osamu Mukai, Tōri Matsuzaka, Tasuku Emoto, Masataka Kubota Cinematography Kazuhiro Suzuki
Studio Toei, Central Arts
Distributed by Toei
Release date(s) September 23, 2011
Running time 126 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$$3,334,273
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