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Sekai no chûshin de, ai o sakebu (2004)

While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

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Takao Ohsawa ...
Sakutaro Matsumoto
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Ritsuko Fujimura (as Kô Shibasaki)
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Aki Hirose
Mirai Moriyama ...
Sakutaro Matsumoto (High School)
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Shigezou Matsumoto
Kankurô Kudô ...
Ryunosuke Ooki
Kanji Tsuda ...
Johnny
Issei Takahashi ...
Ryunosuke (high school student)
Rio Kanno ...
Ritsuko (girl)
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Aki's Father
Katsutaka Furuhata ...
Johnny (high school)
Kenta Uchino ...
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Aki Nishihara ...
Classmate
Masaru Miyazaki ...
Classmate
Marie Kawaguchi ...
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Storyline

In 1980s Kyushu, two teenagers fell in love, and exchanged their secrets and thoughts by way of sending tape recordings to each other. More than a decade later, the boy (now grown-up and bittered) rediscovers the last recording of his long-dead lover's voice. Her words trigger a series of flashbacks illustrating the joyful beginning and tragic end of their relationship. Written by Carrie-ko

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8 May 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Crying Out Love in the Center of the World  »

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Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu, a Japanese romance novel by Katayama Kyoichi, sold over 3 million copies in Japan alone. See more »

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References The Chinese Connection (1972) See more »

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Hitomi wo Tojite
Performed by Ken Hirai
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Fantastic film - see it!
23 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the title, get this film on DVD its amazingly powerful. what a breath of fresh air, instead of the run of the mill rubbish that comes out from America!! Great acting and story!

I cannot speak Japanese but the subtitles do not detract at all from the film.

You may need to watch it a couple of times to get the plot line as it goes back and forth.

This should of been released in the UK although I looked for it but never found it in shops.

I went to Japan on holiday and specifically looked for this DVD based on the cover, when I get an eye for a movie I'm usually right that I would like it.


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