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In suburban Tokyo, commuters find themselves waiting every day with the same group of strangers for the same seat on the same train. Perhaps over 1000 days never knowing who they are, what their lives are like, where they live, who they love. Until one day, things change. Written by
i feel so lucky to have caught this film on a 3 short subject film festival on PBS. it totally caught me by surprise. it's a very effective escape into Japanese culture that has an almost documentary feel.
it's a slightly surrealistic look at a group of commuters who are always at the same station every day and how they relate to each other. it's told from the perspective of a young female who likes to observe the people around her and imagine what they're like in real life.
the film is very low key, even slow paced, but it just has a way of keeping one riveted to the screen that's hard to describe. maybe it was that it was "authentic japan" as opposed to the "hollywood japan" in films like black rain.
black rain never showed the hysterical, but REAL, "beware of perverts" signs posted in subway cars. LOL
the thing that really makes the film awesome though, is the ending. i was at the edge of my seat talking to my TV! it's that good! once it was over, i had to say WOW! i'd love to own this on video. man do i wish that i had taped it.
independent films don't get any better than this.
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