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


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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Release Date:

8 May 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Crying Out Love in the Center of the World  »

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2.35 : 1
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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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Written and Performed by Motoharu Sano
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A touching movie
8 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is based on a novel written by Katayama Kyoichi. The first print only limited to 8,000 copies but after Shibasaki Kou (that cast Ritsuko) had read it in a occasion, she was deeply impressed and recommend it on a magazine. Hence the rest is history and it had sold over 3 million copies in Japan which beat the sales record of Norway's forest. Due to the heat of the book, the story had bring into the movie which include the top of the crew in Japan movie industry.

Ritsuko role are only add to the movie and not appear in the original novel and the original "Centre of the world" is not in Australia in the book too. However, this movie still touching my heart as I had a common feeling which as I have pass my youth in the same 80 age like Saku and Aki, where walkman is such a precious thing in that time.

The score is very well done and is emotional moving, the main theme by Hirai Ken is excellently with stirring melody.

I highly recommend this movie but sadly it is not easily available in western country except by internet selling like yes.Asia 9 / 10

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