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Café Lumière (2003)
"Kôhî jikô" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  September 2004 (Japan)
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Hajime Takeuchi
Masato Hagiwara ...
Seiji
Kimiko Yo ...
Yôko no keiba
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Yôko no otôsan
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Keiichi Asada
Yukio Endô
Yôko Hoshi
Mikiko Kakizawa
Hiroko Kumada
Kikutarô Mitobe
Sumiko Mitobe
Masaru Motegi
Hiroko Ninomiya
Yasuko Ogata
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The film was first conceived as a three-part anthology film, each segment directed by a different person, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu. However, the other two directors dropped out before filming started, and Hou decided to make the entire film himself. See more »

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Another masterpiece from Hou Hsiao-hsien
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Hou Hsiao-hsien's previous film, "Millennium Mambo," was filled with pulsating colors and rhythms - "Cafe Lumiere," on the other hand, offers us classical piano music, bookshops, and trains... lots of trains.

To me, the plot, and in some way the characters, seemed very fluid - you never knew where the film was leading you, and (as in many of Hou's films) it's left up to you to form your own opinion about the characters.

"Cafe Lumiere" is a very languid, soothing film, filled with marvelous images and memorable vignettes. It is not a good place for a newcomer to Hou's films to start (try "Mambo" for that), and not a good film for the impatient. However, if you approach it in the right frame of mind, you will find yourself somehow transported into another person's life for a couple of hours, and come out with the film rattling around your subconscious for days afterward.


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