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An unsuccessful writer, who leads a dissolute life, has an affair with an ex-lover, who is the wife of a once-celebrated actor, but their relationship pushes them to confusion and obsession. | Add synopsis »
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Norman Reedus ... Robert

Kathleen Robertson ... Elizabeth

Missy Crider ... Mina

Sarah Lassez ... Karina

Michael T. Weiss ... Daniel

Matthew Settle ... Michael

Aimee Graham ... Cynthia

Boyd Kestner ... David

Sean Young ... Cosma
Stanley B. Herman ... Dr. Meyers (as Stanley Herman)

Danielle James ... Molly

Matthew Mahaney ... Derek

Kaila Yu ... Ali

Doralina Silander ... Vanessa

Paula Labaredas ... Melanie (as Paula LaBaredas)
Ella Valentino ... Action Girl

Danielle Petty ... Kelly

Rachel Belofsky ... Sarah

Jana Thompson ... Shauna
Crash ... Bartender
Michael Raye ... Reporter #1
Harry H. Novak ... Reporter (as Harry Novak)
Tom Porterhouse ... Reporter #3
Annabel Blanchard ... Reporter #4
April Wilson ... Reporter #5
Jasmine Jong Ok Kang ... Reporter #6 (as Jasmine Kang)
Steve Lustgarten ... Reporter

Young Man Kang ... Reporter
Anthony McBride ... Reporter
Valerie Swift ... Reporter
Carisa Engle ... Reporter
Craig Sheftall ... Barfly
Jeff Milne ... Guitarist / Vocalist
Taka Arai ... Drummer

Luke Y. Thompson ... Teeth Guy
Raelyn Hennessee ... Interviewee

Ron Becks ... Milos Brown (as Ronald Becks)
Douglas Dunning ... Dimitri (as Douglas Dunninng)
Khayyam Kain ... Suave Guy
Gregory Weinkauf ... Partygoer

David Sheftell ... Partygoer
William Margold ... Partygoer
Anita Cannibal ... Partygoer
Lizzy Law ... Partygoer
Sinamin Styx ... Partygoer (as Cinamon Styx)

Stan Bly ... Partygoer

Paul Duke ... Partygoer
April McKay ... Partygoer

Ricardo Chacon ... Partygoer
Deborah Berry ... Partygoer
Jessica Beshir ... Partygoer
Autumn McKenzie ... Partygoer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fynn O'Hara ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Hatanaka 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gregory Hatanaka 

Produced by
Taka Arai .... producer
Shinichi Fujiki .... executive producer
David Kuff .... executive producer
David C. Russell .... line producer
Norith Soth .... co-producer
Kaido Yamada .... executive producer
Original Music by
Colin Chin 
Cinematography by
Yasu Tanida 
Film Editing by
Chisako Yokoyama 
Casting by
Christa Hamilton 
Costume Design by
Whitney Galitz 
Barbara Kerwin 
Makeup Department
Akiko Matsumoto .... makeup artist
Yuko Takahashi .... assistant makeup artist (as Yuko Yamauchi)
Keiko Wedding .... assistant makeup artist (as Keiko Sakamoto)
Jamie Sue Weiss .... assistant makeup artist
Kentaro Yano .... makeup department head
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Chan Lee .... first assistant director
Art Department
Akiko Shibuya .... property master
Sound Department
Alexander Arai .... sound mixer
Maui Holcomb .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Dolen .... grip electric
Andrew Mueller .... additional gaffer
Jarrod Oswald .... gaffer
John Park .... assistant camera
Norman Reedus .... camera operator: interviews
Dario SanMiguel .... grip
Peter Williams .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Fukiko Nakashima .... assistant editor
Other crew
Donna Hurrle .... production assistant
Emily Ludwig .... production assistant
Kevin Mills .... legal counsel
Jamie Pflieger .... production assistant
Mary Remar .... script supervisor
Ellen Rosoff .... production assistant
Jill Wisoff .... script consultant
Chiaki Yanagimoto .... production assistant

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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, Thought-Provoking Drama, 12 June 2005
Author: matthewfilm from United States

Until the Night is an intensely moody character study about two people who have grown disillusioned with their lives and relationships. Kathleen Robertson is superb as Elizabeth, a woman who struggles to remain optimistic about her failing marriage to washed-up actor Daniel (Michael T. Weiss). "We have a realistic kind of love," she reassures a friend, and herself, "no fireworks." Meanwhile, Robert (Norman Reedus), a failed writer and sometimes photographer, descends into alcoholism in the waning days of his relationship with former actress Mina (Missy Crider).

Over 40 minutes of the film pass before Elizabeth and Robert meet, giving Hatanaka plenty of time to build an atmosphere that really makes us feel as if these characters are falling into private oblivions. When they finally meet, we feel the promise of salvation, even though both we and them know the affair is ultimately doomed. Above all, Elizabeth needs and wants stability, and Robert is anything but that. Robert, on the other hand, is addicted to wanting what he doesn't have. Once he has Elizabeth, he'll go back to leaving countless messages on model Karina's (Sarah Lassez) answering machine.

At times, Until the Night feels repetitive. There are too many similar scenes of Elizabeth fighting with her husband or Robert annoying his girlfriend by videotaping her. But even when these scenes fail to advance the characters' development, they never spoil the gloriously oppressive mood. Yasu Tanida should be commended for his claustrophobic cinematography. The images take on a life transcending their budgetary limitations, making you forget you're watching an indie film, or even watching a film at all.

Until the Night is an organic experience. Nothing seems plotted, written or purposefully intertwined; it all feels real. Reedus and Robertson's virtuoso performances create true people. They aren't good or evil; they're just flawed. This is a brilliant first film for Hatanaka. May there be many more.

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