MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,678 this week

The Professor and His Beloved Equation (2006)
"Hakase no aishita sûshiki" (original title)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 444 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 3 critic

This is the story between single mother housekeeper and mathematics professor,who has a brain damage.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 119 titles
created 30 Aug 2011
 
a list of 150 titles
created 31 Dec 2011
 
a list of 1127 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
a list of 500 titles
created 18 May 2013
 
a list of 8675 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Professor and His Beloved Equation (2006)

The Professor and His Beloved Equation (2006) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Professor and His Beloved Equation.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Akira Terao ...
Professor
Eri Fukatsu ...
Kyoko
Takanari Saito ...
Root - young
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Root
Ruriko Asaoka ...
Professor's sister-in-law
Hisashi Igawa ...
Housekeeper Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôya Abe
Shô Abe
Takayasu Andô
Yuni Aritomi
Kin Asano
Shôgo Baba
Yasumi Emori
Hiroshi Ito
Yûsuke Kakinuma
Edit

Storyline

This is the story between single mother housekeeper and mathematics professor,who has a brain damage.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 January 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Professor and His Beloved Equation  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: The Professor and his Beloved Equation
29 October 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This is a very beautiful movie.

If Mathematics was never your choice subject in school, with the way the subject is presented in this movie, I'm sure it'll win some new fans over. The last time I can remember where Maths was used as a central plot device was in Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, but here, it gains a lot more mileage than that Hollywood movie.

I enjoyed the method in which Maths was written into the script, into the characters, and given a life of its own. It revived interest in things like perfect numbers, prime numbers, pi, the imaginary number, and Euler's famous equation. Even if you're clueless about the concepts of these terms, the movie will succinctly introduce them in a highly enjoyable manner. I'm actually quite in awe how complex terms can be weaved so simply into the entire narrative, and made it all work together so well.

Borrowing a similar plot device to Memento, a Maths professor suffers from current memory loss, and can only remember events up until his accident. Everything else that is current lasts only 80 minutes, which is why he relies on little notes and his blackboards to remind himself of important current information each time he comes back to square one. A housekeeper is hired to look after him, and despite the trying times and unique circumstances, both of them manage to strike a deep friendship, through the help of mathematics - one who inspires, and the other who admires. The friendship develops further as the housekeeper's 10 year old son, nicknamed by the Professor "Root" for his square head, comes into the picture, and three of their lives become intertwined.

There are many touching moments in the movie, and almost everything revolved around mathematics, food, and even baseball! But you'd come to understand that the movie goes beyond that, and clearly the message is in the philosophy of maths itself, using concepts and applying it to real life, to living life. As such, it made the mathematical concepts introduced here quite accessible and easy to understand.

The formation of friendships is core to the story, and the antagonist is none other than a jealous sister-in-law trying to break up what seemed to be going good for everyone involved. I sort of paralleled it to real life, in a not-too-recent episode which I and a few friends personally encountered, and the subsequent treatment we suffered. It makes you wonder how sometimes, even though with honest and sincere intentions, and out of the earnestness in valuing a friendship, you're demonized.

It's quite uncanny, but all 3 characters in the professor, the housekeeper and her son are all quite lovable, both in character and in presentation. The cinematography is brilliant too, bringing out the best in the landscapes of the town that they live in, in a picturesque like fashion.

I liked the simplicity of the movie, and the feel good factor that exudes from it. It's very beautiful and poetic to watch, given its even and comfortable pace, and it's definitely one of my favourite movies of the year, and my choice as the best film during this festival! The last time I had such a feeling watching a movie was last year's Be With You (not to be confused with Eric Khoo's Be With Me). This is a must-watch if you have the opportunity!


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The picture in the dusty box of baseball cards sitenoise

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?