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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 overview, first billed only:
Makiko Esumi ...
Takashi Naitô ...
Gohki Kashiyama ...
Naomi Watanabe ...
Midori Kiuchi ...
Akira Emoto ...
Mutsuko Sakura ...
Hidekazu Akai ...
Hiromi Ichida ...
Minori Terada ...
Ren Ôsugi ...
Hiroshi, Yumiko's Father
Kikuko Hashimoto ...
Kiyo, Yumiko's Grandmother
Shuichi Harada ...
Takashi Inoue ...


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 <>

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


Yumiko: It's harder to say goodbye if we keep postponing it.
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Cinematic EYE CANDY
22 June 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I don't think I have ever witnessed a film, in which the cinematography was so outstanding that it really was the star of the picture. This film, about a Japanese woman who remaries and moves to a small fishing village after her last husband comits suicide is less about the story but more about its surroundings. Scenes are mostly taken and shot from a distance with little camera movement, in a way they become living paintings. Blues, reds, and greens come in to accent shots, moving vehicles enter to give splash of colour and brilliant contrast. The actors are distant. I couldn't take my eyes let alone blink for the fear of missing something amazing. The simple act of a child throwing a pink ball, to the sunlit rooms that get illuminated, to blue paint in fishing boats it all had me engrossed. I found myself more as a participant in a museum gallery of high art than being engaged in a plot or story not that there isn't one or that it was bad. I have never witnessed a film like this and even found that just the scenes themselves and the background of story brought so much emotion out of me.

A remarkable piece of cinema

Rating 9 out of 10

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