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Keigo Higashino (based on the novel by)
Hiroshi Saitô (scenario)
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Release Date:
25 September 1999 (Japan) See more »
A man is shocked to find out that after a deadly car accident involving his wife and daughter, his wife died, but her mind somehow got transfered into their daughter's body. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ryôko Hirosue ... Monami Sugita / Naoko Sugita

Kaoru Kobayashi ... Heisuke Sugita
Ken Kaneko ... Fumio Kajikawa
Yuriko Ishida ... Taeko Hashimoto
Hideaki Itô ... Haruki Soma
Tomoe Shinohara ... Kuniko Kimura
Kayoko Kishimoto ... Naoko Sugita
Rie Shibata ... Kazuko Yoshimoto
Ren Ôsugi ... Hiroyuki Kajikawa
Hatsuo Yamaya ... Naoko Sugita
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimihiro Reizei ... Tomio

Directed by
Yôjirô Takita 
Writing credits
Keigo Higashino (based on the novel by)

Hiroshi Saitô (scenario)

Produced by
Yasuhiro Mase .... executive producer
Jun'ichi Shindô .... producer
Setsuro Tagami .... producer
Original Music by
Ryûdô Uzaki 
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano 
Costume Design by
Mari Miyamoto 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kimiyoshi Adachi .... first assistant director
Visual Effects by
Bernard Edlington .... shader artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuya Osada .... gaffer
Music Department
Hikaru Ishikawa .... music producer
Kaoru Wada .... music arranger
Akihiko Ôno .... music recordist
Other crew
Mizuho Kudô .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Secret" - Hong Kong (English title)
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119 min

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Bring your handkerchief and see it at least twice, 25 September 1999
Author: itojun from Tokyo JAPAN

A traffic accident killed Heisuke (Kaoru Kobayashi)'s wife Naoko (Kayoko Kishimoto), while his highschool-student daughter Monami (Ryoko Hirosue) survived. Actually the survived was his wife's soul in his daughter's body... The story tells their twisted love and life.

The picture is very beautiful, delicate, and touching. It keeps me crying during the viewing. It was great for a guy-who-read-the-novel-already that the movie duplicates most of storylines, scenes and quotes from the novel it is based on. The scenes are just as I imagined. Ryoko Hirosue did it great as the daughter/wife-in-daughter double cast.

I recommend you to see it twice at least. On second viewing (after knowing the final twist) you can feel what Naoko felt in the film, and it will make you cry much more than the first viewing.

I voted 10/10.

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