Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »
Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.
Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »
Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words, he isn't going anywhere fast. Were all this not enough, the sorry sad ... See full summary »
When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.
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 »
A movie for those who don't need conclusive endings.
I liked this movie (7) for the kind of relatively slow-paced, minimalistic style that a certain type of Japanese movie has, and the fact that it escaped from the formula so often seen in Hollywood movies.
It definitely reminded me of the Kurosawa classic, "Rashomon" in that it presents various perspectives and possibilities, leaving the viewer to decide on their merits. Like Rashomon, there is a death involved, but the guilty party, or more to the point, who is most guilty, remains a mystery.
Well structured story line, tasteful cinematography, and a pretty cool soundtrack. Recommended.
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