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Isabel Coixet (written by)
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28 August 2009 (Spain) See more »
A dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rinko Kikuchi ... Ryu

Sergi López ... David

Min Tanaka ... Narrador
Manabu Oshio ... Yoshi
Takeo Nakahara ... Nagara
Hideo Sakaki ... Ishida
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôsuke Hishinuma
Jun Matsuo ... Pukka
Joan Potau
Josep Sandoval
Vincent Giry ... Nyotaimori-sushi customer (uncredited)
Rika Yasui Hammen ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Isabel Coixet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isabel Coixet  written by

Produced by
Bernat Elias .... line producer
Jordi Muñoz .... assistant producer
Javier Méndez .... executive producer
Georgina Pope .... line producer: Japan
Jaume Roures .... executive producer
Original Music by
Fatima Montes 
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Larrieu 
Film Editing by
Irene Blecua 
Casting by
Yôko Narahashi 
Production Design by
Ryo Sugimoto 
Costume Design by
Tony Crosbie  (as Tony Crosby)
Makeup Department
Tomomi Higuchi .... hair stylist
Tomomi Higuchi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Teia Roures .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel Calvo .... first assistant director
Hideaki Jimbo .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ryo Sugimoto .... set designer
Sound Department
Aitor Berenguer .... sound mixer
José Manuel Lara .... foley artist
Fabiola Ordoyo .... sound designer
Fabiola Ordoyo .... supervising sound editor
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Josep Prieto .... sound recordist
James A. Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaume Puig)
Rin Takada .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Maria Arnal .... digital artist
Marta Cañavate .... digital compositor
Sergio Fernández .... motion graphics artist (as Sergio Fernandez)
Luis Guerra .... digital compositor
Fatima Montes .... visual effects artist
Óscar Perea Marcos .... digital effects
Ferran Piquer .... visual effects supervisor
Miriam Piquer .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Coll Blanco .... still photographer
Isabel Coixet .... camera operator
Nils Dalmases .... director of photography assistant
Xabier Iriondo .... video assistant
Ryoma Kohari .... second assistant camera
Jitsu Toyoda .... camera operator: "b"camera
Casting Department
Akira Otaguro .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Keita Ideno .... assistant editor
Victor Martos .... color timer
Luis Zerón .... editor trainee
Other crew
Daren N. Afshar .... production liaison: Japan
Marisa Fernández Armenteros .... production coordinator
Rika Higano .... production secretary
Daniel Lavín .... making-of director
Enric Llopis .... production accountant: Barcelona
Ainara Porron .... production coordinator
Miyuki Tokoi .... script supervisor
María Guisado .... publicist (uncredited)
María Guisado .... special thanks
Joan Potau .... special thanks
Josep Sandoval .... special thanks
Nuria Vidal .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Night Tokyo Day" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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France:109 min | Japan:98 min

Did You Know?

Isabel Coixet claims that she came up with the idea of Rinko Kikuchi's character while promoting The Secret Life of Words (2005) in Tokyo. Coixet was taking pictures during a walk through the city. She arrived at a fish market and tried to take one of a girl who was cleaning fish. The girl refused to get photographed, so Coixet started imagining possible reasons for that refusal.See more »
Continuity: After David joins Ryu at the Love Hotel after cutting his hand, Rinko Kikuchi (Ryu) is laying on a couch. Her shoulder is covered in the two close ups but largely uncovered after the cut where the camera is further from her.See more »
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33 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Lost in the sounds of Tokyo, 30 August 2009
Author: efewebber from

Having enjoyed greatly many of Isabel Coixet's movies (notably "Things I never told you" and "The secret life of words") I must say I was quite disappointed by this last movie.

It is difficult to point out what fails in this movie, but I certainly did not connect at all with its characters and situations. The movie is set in Tokyo, but contrary to "Lost in translation" here the movie tries to build half on Japanese characters and half on western ones, which really demands a deeper knowledge about japan. It is difficult for me to believe the Japanese part of the movie, first of all they all seem to speak very good English, which is, at least, difficult to believe, e.g. why would the Japanese girl, played by Kinko Rikuchi, speak good English at all?, why is the other guy working with the Spanish seller almost American? Must say maybe I am biased by my own experience with the Japanese people I met in japan, but certainly communication is in general much tougher than what Isabel portraits here.

Of course all the visual and sound stuff is really good, beautiful takes, nice sounds etc, but the story really does not make any sense to me from the beginning to the end. As the movie develops I got mostly bored, the sex scenes seem empty, repetitive and with no special purpose.

We do not get enough info to actually feel anything for any character, starting from the friendship between the guy recording sounds and the girl and ending by the business-man and his daughter. Everything seems fake to some extend and the whole story really appears to be built to serve as an excuse to go to Tokyo and enjoy the visual landscapes of the city (maybe just a documentary about the fish market would suffice).

Sadly, I must say I got nothing of what I was expecting: neither a nice insight into Japan, nor a situation I could connect with. I certainly would prefer to watch "Lost in Translation", read Amelie Nothomb or watch a good documentary about japan to see beautiful takes of the country, instead of spending two precious hours at the cinema.

In any case, I hope I ll enjoy better the next one from Coixet! (and I ll certainly keep enjoying Japanese food meanwhile)

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