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Eureka (2000)
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The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Makoto Sawai
Kozue Tamura
Masaru Miyazaki ...
Naoki Tamura
Yôichirô Saitô ...
Sayuri Kokushô ...
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Gô Rijû ...
Busjack Man
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Sansei Shiomi ...
Yoshiyuki Sawai
Kimie Shingyôji ...
Keiko Kono
Yûji Nakamura
Eimei Esumi
Yôko Noma


The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

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Release Date:

29 November 2000 (France)  »

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Eureka  »

Box Office

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$14,470 (USA) (4 May 2001)


$46,635 (USA) (18 May 2001)

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Shinji Aoyama's intention was to tell his story in as meticulous detail as possible. Hence the four hour running time. See more »


Makoto Sawai: Do you think one can live only for others?
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(from 25 Etudes, Op.100)
Music by Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller
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"Compassionate, insightful and epic story..."
30 July 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Japanese screenwriter, composer and director Shinji Aojama's seventh feature film which he adapted from his own novel, edited and co-scored with composer Isao Yamada, is a Japan-France co-production which premiered In competition at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival in 2000, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 25th Toronto International Film Festival in 2000 and produced by Japanese screenwriter and producer Takenori Sentô. It tells the story about Kozue Tamura and her brother Naoki Tamura who lives on the countryside in Kyushu, Japan with their father and mother. One day while they are on their way to school, their school bus is hijacked by an armed killer who goes mad. Though surviving with the local bus driver named Makoto Sawai, the siblings are traumatized by the tragic incident. As life goes on, they try to get back to normal and so does the bus driver who is as traumatized as them, but all of the sudden Kozue and Naoki are abandoned by their parents.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aojama, this quietly paced and reflective voyage which is narrated from various point's of view, draws a deeply humane and heartrending portrayal of a singular relationship between three individuals who are struggling to regain their faith in life and the parts of themselves that they lost after having witnessed a horrendous massacre. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, profound sepia and black-and-white cinematography by Japanese cinematographer Masaki Tamura, production design by Japanese production designer and art director Takeshi Shimizu and use of sound, this nuanced and character-driven road-movie which depicts three internal studies of character contains a fine score by the director and composer Isao Yamada which emphasizes it's lingering atmosphere.

This perceptive, universal and poignant psychological drama which examines themes like interpersonal relations, interpersonal communication, identity, survival and redemption, is impelled by it's cogent narrative structure, mindful dialog and the remarkable acting performances by Japanese actors Koji Yakusho, Ken Mitsuishi and brother and sister Masuru Miyazaki and Aoi Miyazaki. A compassionate, insightful and epic story which gained, among other awards, the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival in 2000.

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