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Maborosi (1995)
"Maboroshi no hikari" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  21 March 1997 (USA)
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A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Makiko Esumi ...
Yumiko
Takashi Naitô ...
Tamio
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Ikuo
Gohki Kashiyama ...
Yuichi
Naomi Watanabe ...
Tomoko
Midori Kiuchi ...
Michiko
Akira Emoto ...
Yoshihiro
Mutsuko Sakura ...
Tomeno
Hidekazu Akai ...
Master
Hiromi Ichida ...
Hatsuko
Minori Terada ...
Detective
Ren Ôsugi ...
Hiroshi, Yumiko's Father
Kikuko Hashimoto ...
Kiyo, Yumiko's Grandmother
Shuichi Harada ...
Cop
Takashi Inoue ...
Driver
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A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Was released on DVD in France in 2010, 11 years after its 1999 theatrical release in the country. See more »

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Yumiko: It's harder to say goodbye if we keep postponing it.
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drift through life, beautifully
12 January 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

A slow paced film that lets you have some empathy for a life changed by inexplicable loss, diverted to unexpected place and contemplation. Despite the intensity possible in the theme, the behavior is a compelling mixture of detachment and continuation of everyday activity, while underneath you can see the memories are unresolved. Some nice acting, especially if you can attune yourself to subtleties of normal life and are not expecting "larger than life" displays. The photography is beautiful and alternates with the acting in setting the mood and being the focus of attention.

I watched the US DVD version, which has somewhat disappointing video quality. You can see the director took some spectacular imagery which I have got to hope came out better on film, because on the DVD the resolution is muddy at times and some of the color is flat. It is just a bit better than VHS. A real pity they could not make a better digital transfer of such a visual artwork. Most of the soundtrack is voices and background environment which fits perfectly with the film, there is one sequence with (very effective) music soundtrack.


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