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Round About Midnight (1999)

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Koji, a jazz musician, takes a cigarette break in between sets at a Tokyo nightclub. He witnesses a murder and runs into a girl, Linda, who is being pursued by the killers. For the next two... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Michelle Reis ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akira Emoto
Jun'ichi Haruta
Toshiaki Karasawa
Ittoku Kishibe
Masako Motai
Naomasa Musaka
Shinobu Ohtake ...
(as Shinobu Ôtake)
Haruhiko Saitô
Takashi Sasano
Rie Shibata
Yôji Tanaka
Saki Tsusaka ...


Koji, a jazz musician, takes a cigarette break in between sets at a Tokyo nightclub. He witnesses a murder and runs into a girl, Linda, who is being pursued by the killers. For the next two hours, Koji and Linda are running from both the hitmen and the police. Mistakenly identified as prime suspects, they have to solve the crime but time is running out: Koji has to be back to perform in his club by midnight, as a very special guest will be attending. Written by amirmu

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It's a stylish neo-noir with a light touch and a sense of humor.
25 August 2001 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

This film, starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Michelle Reis (Fallen Angels, Kiddo in Swordsman II, etc.), was almost perfect. I'd describe it as kinder, gentler neo-noir. I know, I know, it's not really a noir if there are nice surprises. Everyone's supposed to get killed in a noir. I can sympathize with that--I like a good hard-boiled full-on noirer-than-noir noir myself (like the awesome Sleepless Town, another Japanese film, starring Takeshi Kaneshiro--worth a look if you haven't seen it already). But Round About Midnight had all the noir elements--a dame causing the hero trouble, crooked cops, jazz clubs, chases through town. It just didn't take place in the kind of world where everything always go wrong, and as a result the movie has a light touch and a sense of humor throughout that made it fun for the whole family (I don't really have a family, but you get my drift). But that's not to say it's fluff--it's really good. My girlfriend liked it, too, although she thought it was "sappy" in parts (though she may just be grumpy because I've made her watch too many Asian movies over the last couple of days). My one problem: I wanted Michelle Reis to change shoes SO badly. She spends half of the movie running, and she's wearing these impossible strappy little shoes WITH HEELS! It hurt just watching her. And it's not like those were a stunt double's feet! The poor woman. Anyway, the film is worth the price of admission just to see how many ways they thought of to use a trumpet as a weapon. The main character, you see, is a jazz trumpet player, and throughout the whole film he wants to get back to his club by midnight to play his second set. So he's carrying his trumpet in one hand during THE ENTIRE FILM, except for one moment near the end when he gets in a fistfight and Michelle Reis picks it up. But no more about that, because that's the end, and I don't want to give it away...

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