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Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
"Noriko no shokutaku" (original title)

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A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazue Fukiishi ...
Noriko Shimabara - Mitsuko
Tsugumi ...
Kumiko - Ueno Station 54
Yuriko Yoshitaka ...
Yuka Shimabara - Yôko
Shirô Namiki ...
Ikeda - Tetsuzô's Friend
Sanae Miyata ...
Taeko Shimabara
Yôko Mitsuya ...
Tangerine
Tamae Andô ...
Broken Dam
Naoko Watanabe ...
Cripple #5
Hiroshi Sakuma ...
(as Kanehiro Ri)
Chihiro Abe ...
Long Neck
Hanako Onuki ...
Midnight
Sora Tôma
Kazumasa Taguchi ...
Kumiko's 'Father'
Takako Kitagawa ...
Kumiko's 'Mother'
Shingo Ishikawa
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A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", which grows darker after the mass suicide of 54 high school girls. Written by Anonymous

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The family that eats together stays together. See more »

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This was the second film in the trilogy pre-planned by writer/director Shion Sono. See more »

Quotes

Noriko Shimabara: I was born to breathe... But I wasn't breathing just because I was born.
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Follows Suicide Club (2001) See more »

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Bara ga saita
Written by Kuranosuke Hamaguchi
Performed by Mike Maki
Courtesy of Shinko Music Entertainment
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Best Movie Ever... Not an award that I'd grant lightly!!
27 December 2007 | by (PC-land) – See all my reviews

I used to think of myself as (among other things) a cinephile, someone who had a taste for good cinema, whose Favorite Movies list was topped by some little known films. But I had seen nothing until Noriko's Dinner Table. I haven't seen Suicide Club yet. I hope to see it soon, but in truth it doesn't matter: right now I consider Noriko's my new absolute "best movie ever" and that doesn't depend on what it's part of or what other films has ever directed its author.

There are personal reasons behind that election, of course, but then, isn't every election personal, and what other meaning could hide behind the word "My" in "My Favorite Movies"?

Of course my familiar history or situation is or was extremely confusing, unstable, unhealthy, and unusual. But, maybe roleplaying is more than Japan's main existential issue. Maybe it's our entire culture's main existential issue. "The actor behind the mask", as in "Riding Alone for Thousand of Miles". The hidden heart, clouded in fat and entertainment and busy-ness, entangled in meaningless liasons that produce meaningless families; the confused heart that can only be brought out (exorcised) using a knife. And a camera.

The movie is divided into chapters, one for each of the main characters. And thus the viewer can achieve what the characters themselves can't: understand other people's motives and feelings.

This is my first review BTW, and will probably be the last. I'm not into sharing my views or anything like that... But in this case the impact was extreme and the reviews here weren't doing it justice so far.


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