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12 October 2002 (Japan) See more »
Three stories of never-ending love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Miho Kanno ... Sawako
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Matsumoto

Tatsuya Mihashi ... Hiro, the Boss
Chieko Matsubara ... Ryoko, the Woman in the Park
Kyoko Fukada ... Haruna Yamaguchi, the Pop Star
Tsutomu Takeshige ... Nukui, the Fan
Kayoko Kishimoto ... Haruna's Aunt
Kanji Tsuda ... Young Hiro

Yûko Daike ... Young Ryoko
Ren Ôsugi ... Haruna's Manager
Shimadayu Toyotake ... Tayu, Puppet Theater Narrator
Seisuke Tsurusawa ... Puppet Theater Shamisen Player
Minotaro Yoshida ... Puppeteer of Umegawa the Courtesan
Yoshida ... Puppeteer of Chubei
Shôgo Shimizu ... Matsumoto's Father
Midori Kanazawa ... Matsumoto's Mother
Nao Ohmori ... Matsumoto's Colleague (as Nao Ômori)
Kyoko Yoshizawa ... Haruna's Mother
Kazunari Aizawa ... The Young Minion
Moro Morooka ... Hitman in the Park (as Moro Shioka)
Shûhei Saga ... The Driver
Al Kitago ... Aoki, the Fan
Hawking Aoyama ... Son of the Boss's Brother
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Matsumoto's Friend (as Yoshitada Ohtsuka)
Mari Nishio ... Sawako's Friend
Sammy Moremore Jr. ... Friend of the Boss's Brother's Son
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takeshi Ohnishi

Directed by
Takeshi Kitano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takeshi Kitano  written by

Produced by
Masayuki Mori .... producer
Takio Yoshida .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Kitano 
Production Design by
Norihiro Isoda 
Costume Design by
Yohji Yamamoto 
Production Management
Hideharu Yamashita .... production manager
Sound Department
Senji Horiuchi .... sound
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Hitoshi Takaya .... lighting director
Music Department
Suminobu Hamada .... music engineer
Joe Hisaishi .... music arranger
Joe Hisaishi .... music performed by
Joe Hisaishi .... music producer
Masayoshi Okawa .... music mixer
Other crew
Andrew P. Kirkham .... bluray producer [gb]
Mario Locurcio .... italian publicist

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This is the last Takeshi Kitano film to feature music by Joe Hisaishi. Kitano claimed that it became too expensive to hire Hisaishi for soundtracks while Hisaishi claimed that he didn't like the screenplay of the movie. Actually, they both had an argument about some pieces which weren't selected for the soundtrack, and where to put the others in the movie. They stopped working together since then.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Embrace (2007)See more »
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When the hit of Haruna Yamaguchi plays the 1st time?
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49 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
deep... haven't fully digested this, 22 October 2003
Author: Nephilim-6 from Holland

3 stories of doomed relation ships. all jumbled together.

I just got done watching this movie. Yes it's slow. Yes there isn't a lot of dialogue. But this movie is brilliant. The visuals, the style, the symbolism, the utter sadness..

This isn't a movie for people who want action. or people who want dialogue. Visuals people, READ the visuals. The story is told through images.

It's beautiful. But very depressing.

HIGHLY recommended.

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