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Train Man (2005)

Densha otoko (original title)
The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Densha otoko
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Hermes
Ryôko Kuninaka ...
Rika
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Hirofumi
Kuranosuke Sasaki ...
Hisashi
Tae Kimura ...
Michiko
Yoshinori Okada ...
Yoshiga
Naomi Nishida ...
Hermes's friend
Ren Ôsugi ...
Middle-aged man in train
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroki Miyake ...
Tamura
Ian Moore
Makoto Sakamoto ...
Muto
Momoko Shimizu ...
Schoolgirl on the train
Ichie Tanaka
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The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women, and posts on a website asking for advice every step of the way. Written by Calan

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A True Love Story

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The film was shot in 25 days, then released into cinemas only 35 days later. See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the credits the scene where Densha and Hermes meet each other for the first time is shown. This time however they are played by Atsushi Itô and Misaki Itô who played Densha and Hermes respectively in the series Densha otoko (2005). This time Takayuki Yamada drags away the drunk man. See more »

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Battles of the Watched
8 November 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I suppose every society has something like this: a superficially manufactured product, targeted at clumsy boys (and sometimes girls) whose only intent is to assure them that their clumsiness is endearing. Don't grow up, it allows, you will find movie romance.

In this case, our dweeb stumbles upon a princess and each stumble and successive misstep brings him closer to her. He's honest and endearing you see. The narrative folding here (where the audience has an on screen equivalent) comes from his internet buddies.

Presumably, most of these only know our hero through the chat room and have no idea what he is like in person. This rather numerous bunch get every detail reported to them just as we the "real" viewers see. They comment and encourage, just as we are meant to, cheering him on, giving him the courage to chase his dream and be fulfilled as a man. Its a simple narrative fold. The story and the point of the story are both revoltingly trite.

There is an interesting detail though. Among his internet buddies are three guys even more nerdy than he. They seem to live together, but only have a life on-line. The conflating of their online life with the story we see is odd: they shift into a war movie where the "advancement" of the romance is equated with advancing on a battlefield. Elsewhere, this is completed by others and even the girl encouraging our guy to "be brave."

This is no "All About Lilly Chow Chow," which I aggressively recommend. That is deep; this is not.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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