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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:
Densha otoko
Ryôko Kuninaka ...
Kuranosuke Sasaki ...
Tae Kimura ...
Yoshinori Okada ...
Naomi Nishida ...
Hermes's friend
Ren Ôsugi ...
Middle-aged man in train
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroki Miyake ...
Ian Moore
Makoto Sakamoto ...
Momoko Shimizu ...
Schoolgirl on the train
Ichie Tanaka


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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Release Date:

4 June 2005 (Japan)  »

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Train Man  »

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Remember your first date?
6 October 2005 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Whether it was 40 years or 4 months ago, those who remember their first date will most certainty bath in the glow of empathy with this sweet little movie. It'll be an added bonus for those who are watching it with still the same person.

But there's more. To the still uninitiated, this little gem is an eye-opener to the culture of Internet chat room. Through skillful interplay between split-screen and full screen, a group of our hero's best chat mates is shown to be his council of courtship advisors. This comprises a passionate young nurse, a young man (student, presumably) who locks himself up in his room with the computer most of the time, a man and a woman at their late twenties or early thirties (an office worker and a housewife respectively) and a group of three young chaps, the official clowns of the movie. We soon see how they are emotionally very involved with our hero's joys and woes, hopes and fears, which have become very much part of their own lives. There's also one nice little spoiler that is unveiled quite early in the movie.

Our hero is a young "otaku", a term (neutral rather than derogatory) used to describe people who are so indulged in the virtual world of comics, animation and computer games that they have lost touch with real human beings, manifested in their acute shyness and inability to communicate with others. All these change when he, with a sudden surge of impulse, helps a lovely lassie that is molested by a drunken passenger on a train. The courtship is innocent and sweet, completely opposite to the other genre where the protagonists jump right into bed an hour after they first met. It's also funny, in a nice, gentle sort of way.

One IMDb comment mentions that the character of the girl "Hermes" (nicknamed so because she sent him a set of Hermes cups to thank him) has not been as developed as even the supporting characters, and adds that this is perhaps intentional. I think so. The focus of the movie is on our hero the "Train man" and, to a lesser extent, the supporting characters. Hermes is an idolized figure and her sweet, composed charm contrasts perfectly with his nervous, tantalizing uncertainty. Incidentally, in the stage version of this true story, she doesn't even appear in person but is only a voice off- stage.

Starting as a true story, "Train man" has taken Japan by storm, in every media conceivable – Internet story, comic, book, movie, stage play and, last but not least, hugely popular TV drama starring gorgeous Ito Misaki.

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