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La maison de Himiko (2005)

Mezon do Himiko (original title)
Saori is a young woman who struggles to make a living, with no financial or romantic prospects in her life. One rainy day, she receives a visit at work from a handsome young man called ... See full summary »

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Joe Odagiri ...
Haruhiko
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Saori Yoshida (as Kô Shibasaki)
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Himiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kira Aoyama ...
Yamazaki
Shin'ichi Hatori ...
Announcer
Hirokazu Inoue ...
Takao
Junkyu Moriyama ...
Kijima
Chiharu Muraishi ...
Erina
Hiroki Murakami ...
Chubby
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
Hosokawa
Tokimasa Tanabe ...
Junya
Torauemon Utazawa ...
Ruby
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa ...
Masaki
Youchan ...
Kikue
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Saori is a young woman who struggles to make a living, with no financial or romantic prospects in her life. One rainy day, she receives a visit at work from a handsome young man called Haruhiko. He claims to be the boyfriend of her estranged father, Himiko, who now runs a seaside rest home for elderly gays. He tells her that her father is dying of cancer. Saori still harbors resentment toward her father for abandoning her and her mother years ago. However, Haruhiko makes her a financial offer she can't refuse, and she agrees to go and work at House of Himiko. Written by lily

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5 September 2005 | by (Vaudreuil-Dorion , Québec, Canada) – See all my reviews

" Saori never liked her gay father...But when a young man comes to tell her that Himiko is dying and that the nursing home is in danger of closing, she begins to see another dimension to his life and to his work." I have seen this movie at the Montreal Film Festival in august 2005.

The young man, Jô Odagiri, and Saori, Kou Shibasaki, are superb. Min Tanaka as Himiko gives a great performance also. The story is all about accepting different people in this case: homosexual, transvestite , old person and delinquent. The music adds to the soft and tender mood of the film. I must say that the cast in supporting roles give a touching and heartwarming performance. Though it could have been a very sad story, the director always gives a touch of hope. Mezon do Himiko is a film everyone should see. Life is not always easy , let's accept other people's difference and try to help each other. It would be a better world.


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