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The Stairway to the Distant Past (1995)
"Harukana jidai no kaidan o" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 March 1995 (Japan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Kiyotaka Nanbara ...
Haruko Wanibuchi ...
Lily Hama
Shirô Sano ...
White man
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Mika Ohmine ...
Akane Hama
Keiji Matsuda ...
Akaji Maro ...
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Sachiko Shibata
Sumiko Sakamoto ...
Minato no Mary
Noriko Sengoku ...
Yôichi Sai ...
Chief of Police


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A Sophomore Work; Unconvincing, Boring and Clumsy
8 August 2012 | by (boston mass. usa) – See all my reviews

I have just finished watching the last in this trilogy- The Trap, 2005. Where Stairway was a feeble wishy washy visually confusing poorly scripted effort, The Trap was a real movie.I really cannot figure out how anyone would find Stairway superior to The Trap, but since a few reviewers liked this film, i know i will not bother to seek the first in the trilogy. Stairway just felt off kilter through the whole piece, like a drunk who just can't get his footing. Derivative and Hat-tipping can be fun in the movies but in this film all those efforts were lifeless and clumsy and unconvincing.So my advice is- skip this film and see The Trap instead.

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