Jun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home. He meets the streetwise Qiao and they become friends. As friendship ... See full summary »
After losing both her parents, Failan (Cecilia Cheung) emmigrates to Korea to seek her only remaining relatives. Once she reaches Korea, she finds out that her relatives have moved to ... See full summary »
Hiroko Watanabe's fiancé Itsuki died two years earlier in a mountain climbing accident. While looking through his high school yearbook, Hiroko in a fit of grief decides to write a letter to him using his old school address. Surprisingly she receives a reply, not from the dead Itsuki, but from a woman with the same name whom had known Hiroko's fiancé in school. A relationship develops between the two women as they continue to exchange letters and share memories of the dead Itsuki. Written by
Todd K. Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Most of the film was shot in the Otaru area on the island of Hokkaido. The only exception among the exterior scenes is near the end of the film as Hiroko faces the mountain where her ex-fiance' Itsuki died in a climbing accident two years earlier. Although the house where she spent the night is actually on Hokkaido, the view from it in the film is of Mt. Yatsugadake. She is standing before it on the Nobeyama Highland at sunrise. Yatsugadake literally means "eight peaks" and the peak she is addressing is named "Aka-dake" or "red peak" which is the highest of the eight peaks at 2896 meters. This volcanic peak lies about 120 kms northwest of Tokyo and is in fact frequented by climbers. There is a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji from the summit. See more »
Male itsuki fujii:
[Checking out books from the female Itsuki in the school libray. The male Itsuki holds up five checkout cards that he has been the first to sign like a poker hand. He speaks in English]
Fujii Itsuki straight flush.
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I didn't find any part of it boring! The only regret of mine is that I have not seen this film in the cinema. Instead I watched it on vcd. Nevertheless, the beautiful shots came through, and the story all the more touching.
May sound silly that identical girls are related to the same man. But in fact, you wouldn't have any trouble identifying which girl is which, because they are so "different". One is sad and soft-spoken, the other humorous and tomboyish.
A light and funny show, and you'll sigh when it's over and hope it isn't yet. The ending is the climax, you'll love it!
Wonderful performance by Nagayama Miho! She speaks a few simple words (won't tell you what words) and I felt like crying, not because it was sad.
Believe me, watch it and smile for the rest of the week as you recall those "high school days".
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