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Harukana jidai no kaidan o (1995)

Mike Hama is a private investigator who has been reduced to combing the mean streets of the Yokohama waterfront on a borrowed bicycle.

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Kiyotaka Nanbara ...
Hoshino
Haruko Wanibuchi ...
Lily Hama
Shirô Sano ...
Masaru
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White man
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Sugimoto
Mika Ohmine ...
Akane Hama
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Shishido
Keiji Matsuda ...
Matsuda
Akaji Maro ...
Detective
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Sachiko Shibata
Sumiko Sakamoto ...
Minato no Mary
Noriko Sengoku ...
Asa
Yôichi Sai ...
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Mike Hama is a private investigator who has been reduced to combing the mean streets of the Yokohama waterfront on a borrowed bicycle.

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The Stairway to the Distant Past  »

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Followed by Shiritsu tantei Hama Maiku: Namae no nai mori (2002) See more »

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28 August 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Stairway to the Distant Past is the second film in the Mike Hama Private Investigator Trilogy. If you've seen part one The Most Terrible Time in My Life you must seek this out to find out how all your favourite characters are getting on. The films themes are age and family as Mikes mother "Dynamite Sexy Lilly" returns to Yokohama with her strip act many years after deserting Mike and his sister Akane. She reveals who Mikes father is and he sets out to find him. This films DoP deserves an Oscar as the picture is stunningly shot - it reminded me most of the Cinema du Look of Luc Besson and Leos Carax. Be sure to watch The Trap part three of the series.


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