This Japanese documentary was very moving for me. Â On a more filmmaker basis, it blends two very important factors that capture my attention:
Emotional storytelling that pulls at me until I feel involved and I find myself caring for the people on film just like a person standing in front of me, and (as Michael talks about in his blogs) intelligent positioning of the camera to make me as a viewer feel involved.
Toshiro Kanamori is a very different teacher. Â I would be so interested in seeing a follow up documentary on the children.
Here is an article describing the filming style: http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyemonday/feature_270904.html