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Ima, ai ni yukimasu (2004)

Mio's death leaves husband Takumi and 6 year old son Yuji fending for themselves. Taku occasionally suffers fainting spells, is disorganized, and fears that his health hindered Mio's ... See full summary »

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Mio
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Takumi
Akashi Takei ...
Yuji
Karen Miyama ...
Aya (Yuji's classmate)
Yôsuke Asari ...
Takumi (high school days)
Yûta Hiraoka ...
Yuji (18 years old)
Chihiro Ohtsuka ...
Mio (high school days) (as Chihiro Ôtsuka)
Mikako Ichikawa ...
Midori Nagase (Takumi's co-worker)
Katsuo Nakamura ...
Takumi's Boss
You ...
Yuji's Teacher
Suzuki Matsuo ...
Owner of Cake Shop
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Dr. Noguchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôki Okada
Tokimasa Tanabe
Kei Tanaka
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Mio's death leaves husband Takumi and 6 year old son Yuji fending for themselves. Taku occasionally suffers fainting spells, is disorganized, and fears that his health hindered Mio's happiness. Yuji overheard relatives speculate that his delivery compromised her health, and he blames himself for her death. Mio left him a picture book in which she departs for "The Archive Star" but re-appears during the rainy season the following year, and he eagerly awaits her return. Taking a walk in the forest outside their house, Taku and Yuji find a woman sheltering from the rain and immediately accept her as Mio. She has no memory or sense of identity, but comes home to live with them anyway. She asks Taku how they met and fell in love, and he recounts a tale of years of missed chances starting in high school until she encouraged their marriage years later. As the rainy season nears its end, Yuji finds the "time capsule" he hid with his mother before her death. Mio's diary is inside, and its ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Yuko Takeuchi and Shido Nakamura got married in 2005 after shooting the film. Their marriage only last till 2006 and it ended in divorced. See more »

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A very moving film
12 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in Japan. It is absolutely beautiful, and very moving. Probably the most moving film I have seen in recent memory. The story is very sweet, full of of young love and the love within a family. The second half had me, and every other member of the audience (which spanned a very large demographic range), bawling (one 6yo girl had to be taken out of the cinema she was in such a state). It does seem like a very long film, the ending went on longer than expected, but it tied the film together and fitted with the rest of the film. I love Hana, the end song done by Orange Range. All the elements of this film mesh together perfectly to make it an amazing experience. It's a bit of a pity the DVD doesn't have English subtitles, but for those who know a reasonable amount of Japanese, it's well worth it.


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