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Kiyoshi Kurosawa (writer)
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Release Date:
23 January 1999 (Japan) See more »
Yoshi, aged 24, awakes after 10 years in a coma, goes on to start a new life and rebuild his family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Yutaka Yoshii
Shun Sugata ... Shinichirô Yoshii
Lily ... Sachiko

Kumiko Asô ... Chizuru Yoshii
Shô Aikawa ... Kazaki
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Miki
Ren Ôsugi ... Murota
Hiromitsu Suzuki ... Kurume
Kosuke Toyohara ... Doctor

Kôji Yakusho ... Fujimori
Masahiro Toda ... Akira Ueda
Michiko Yamamura ... Ueda's Mother
Tarô Suwa
Akira Otaka ... Garbage Man
Masaharu Ishibashi ... News Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yukari Fuyune
Sakiko Hashimoto
Hajime Inoue
Miyako Kawahara
Mayuko Kimura
Hiroshi Mishima
Kagetora Miura
Shûhô Miyashita
Yôichi Okamura

Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  writer

Produced by
Shigeo Fujita .... producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda .... producer
Original Music by
Gary Ashiya 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichirô Hayashi 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Ônaga 
Production Design by
Satoru Jinno 
Tomoyuki Maruo 
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa 
Set Decoration by
Tetsuya Nomura 
Yuji Takamura 
Makeup Department
Yasuko Satô .... hair stylist
Takako Watanabe .... assistant hair stylist
Hiromitsu Yonemura .... hair stylist
Production Management
Nobuhiro Iizuka .... production supervisor
Tadamasa Okamura .... production supervisor
Hiroshi Ôtani .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôhei Adachi .... assistant director
Yasutaka Môri .... assistant director
Fumio Nomoto .... assistant director
Tatsuya Yoshimura .... first assistant director
Art Department
Norifumi Ataka .... assistant art director
Gen Itô .... assistant art director
Kaori Tominaga .... props
Sound Department
Eiji Hirokawa .... sound recordist
Makio Ika .... sound
Takeshi Imafuku .... sound recordist
Katsumi Kimura .... sound re-recording mixer
Hiroaki Nakata .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Keiji Igarashi .... opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Kiyohito Kawasaki .... assistant photographer
Tadashi Kitamura .... assistant photographer
Takafumi Kitaoka .... assistant camera
Naoko Matsuda .... assistant camera
Tomoyuki Mizuguchi .... assistant photographer
Teruhisa Seki .... assistant camera
Toru Takao .... assistant photographer
Akinaga Tomiyama .... gaffer
Michinori Tsuda .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Yukako Kobayashi .... assistant editor
Tarô Kuwayama .... color timer
Other crew
Mikiko Koyama .... script supervisor
Sadakatsu Nishikawa .... advertisement

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ningen gôkaku" - Japan (original title)
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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This, and Then..., 31 August 2002
Author: frankgaipa from Oakland, California

Young man Yutaka emerges unexpectedly from a long coma. The coma resulted from a no-blame accident in which his father's friend Fujimori, played by Koji Yakusho, had nonetheless played a part. Fujimori, to sooth his own conscience, takes the boy in. Various people from the past come and go. Most of the action takes place in Fujimori's decrepit... Anyway…I had to watch this on a video dub. The film's neither good nor bad. But I can't bring myself to go back to the dub and check details. Maybe it was a fishery. A lot of cleaning a wide shadow indoor pool. If you're a fan of Kiyoshi Kurosawa, License to Live's fascinatingly unlike both the Tarkovsky-like not-quite-horror films most of us know and the Godard-like yakuza stuff (I've only managed to see two, I think Eyes of the Spider and Serpent's Path) that preceded. If you're a fan of Koji Yakusho (despite IMDb's listing his part is as big as, if not bigger than, the young man's), this very slightly written role foreshadows his intricate turn in Shinji Aoyama's Eureka.

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