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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Keisuke Katsura
Akiko Monô ...
Eri Momozaki
Tamaki Ogawa ...
Kaoru Momozaki
Kumiko Asô ...
Mika Andou
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Ryuutarou Takayama
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Ryou Kuroki
Morio Kazama ...
Maki kantoku (Director)
Shôichirô Akaboshi ...
Fujisawa jokantoku (Assistant director)
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Kengo Kawase (as Piêru Taki)
Shunsuke Matsuoka ...
Shunsuke Yamamoto
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Dr. Danny Moreno
Kei Tani ...
Ninja - Kagemaru
Makoto Ôtake ...
Video-editor no Wada
Ren Ohsugi ...
Telebi-kyoku Hensei-buchou no Kuroiwa (as Ren Ôsugi)
Kitarô ...
Telebi-kyoku Hensei-buchou
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Keisuke, an aspiring samurai-movie actor lands a major role in a new film, but must contend with a director who has nothing but scorn for him, but who continually fawns over the film's obnoxious ham of a star. Meanwhile, Keisuke has been dumped by his girlfriend, Eri, after she becomes heartbroken when he considers working full-time as a bar manager rather than pursuing his dream. Through her job as a translator, she meets an Italian professor who claims to talk to trees, and who immediately starts trying to woo her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Buddhist statue that can be seen in the background behind Eri and Danny was used previously in _Samurai Fiction (1998)_ in a similar forest. See more »

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A refreshing departure from mainstream
9 April 2005 | by (Kingman, Arizona) – See all my reviews

While a time reduction of 15 minutes or so might have benefited this film, I greatly appreciated the overall naturalist flow, the diversity of characters - an arty but near real-life experience - with fine polish and beautiful cinematography. It's a bit like Renoir's "Une Partie de Campagne", but enlarged to a greater layering of subjects, characters and love-relationships ("ren-ai monogatari").

Actor Masatoshi Nagase has had the sublime fortune to lead in some creative, delightful, fun films. Here again, as in the Maiku Hama trilogy, he suffers some all-too-human hard moments - arguably in a Chaplinesque spirit - but like in Modern Times, in this one he ends up with a girl (though I won't tell you which one), though no richer financially. I just wish more like this were available in the U.S.


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