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Fumiya Takemura
Tomokazu Miura ...
Aiichiro Fukuhara
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Makiko
Yuriko Yoshitaka ...
Fufumi
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Mikaduki Shizuka
Eri Fuse ...
Sendai
Kami Hiraiwa ...
Naomi
Tomoko Hirata
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Tatako
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Ittoku Kishibe
Miyuki Komagata
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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 sack has a debt of 800,000 yen. Fukuhara, a surly debt collector with a glorious mullet, is on his case. After roughing Takemura up, he gives him an ultimatum-72 hours to pay up, or else. Takemura barely has his wits about him again when he runs across Fukuhara a second time, and this time the thug has a different proposal-a walk. That's right, in exchange for a million yen, Takemura must accompany Fukuhara on a walk across the city of Tokyo. Starting in a distant corner of the city, they begin their trek towards downtown, striking up a conversation. It's at this point that Fukuhara admits that he's recently killed his wife, and intends to turn himself in at Kasumagaseki police station-because, he says, it's the finest in town. The pair's itinerary, however, is hardly a quick and direct one. The ... Written by Nicolas Archambault for Fantasia Film Festival

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Early in their walk Fukuhara says they should stop in a shop for some Aiyu, saying that he and his wife always came here for Aiyu after they had had a fight. Takemura doesn't know what it is. A woman brings them both bowls filled with what looks like yellow jello, and Takemura says it tastes like lemon. In fact it is is a jelly made from the gel from the seeds of a variety of fig. See more »

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Fufumi: [singing in shower] Korake's Karako's bed... it's a medaka... in the river... it's not very appealing...
Aiichiro Fukuhara: What's that song?
Makiko: Don't know, but she always sings that.
Fufumi: She's pretty weird, isn't she?
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somewhat obvious, but effective and moving nonetheless. luck can change.
24 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Adrift in Tokyo is a heart warming comic drama about luck, a common theme in Japanese cinema, but interesting nonetheless. The film's protagonist Takemura is a law student with a debt to pay off, a debt collector named Fukuhara who visits his house and threatens him, offers him a way out, all he has to do is walk the streets with him. The untrusting relationship changes as the two learn more about each other, it has the feel of a road movie, with the friendship developing between the two men, with the underlying theme of luck shaping their futures, Fukuhara lost his child and Takemura was abandoned by his parents as a child, they end up posing as Father and son and gradually Takemura realises his luck is changing. This sentimental and somewhat obvious male-bonding plot is held aloft by hilarious secondary characters, unlikely comic scenarios and the beautiful cinematography that captures the full range of Tokyo's landscape and atmosphere. Uplifting, thought provoking and at times very amusing.


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