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Director:
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Isabel Coixet (written by)
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Release Date:
28 August 2009 (Spain) See more »
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Plot:
A dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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No map and very few sounds See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
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
Nils Dalmases .... director of photography assistant
Xabi 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)
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
France:109 min | Japan:98 min
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Trivia:
Isabel Coixet claims that came up with the idea of Rinko Kikuchi's character when she was promoting The Secret Life of Words (2005) in Tokio. Coixet was taking pictures on 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.See more »
Goofs:
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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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
No map and very few sounds, 30 January 2011
Author: russian29 from Toronto, Canada

What can I say? The movie did not live up to the promise of its opening scene. It's well-shot and nicely lit, with a few postcard-perfect views of Tokyo, but the story makes no sense, the characters are poorly written, and Sergi Lopez is horribly miscast as the male lead. The ending is a formulaic cop-out.

The trailer tries to sell the movie as a sex thriller, which it's most decidedly not. It's a tale of two lost souls in a big city who try to find solace in each other, but fail, for various reasons.

Rinko Kikuchi performs well as a quiet fish market worker who moonlights as a paid assassin, but her character remains an enigma throughout the movie, which makes it difficult for the audience to connect or empathize with her. She bares her body more than once in fairly explicit sex scenes - and what a nice body it is - one only wishes the director could give us similar insight into her soul.

Sergi Lopez does his usual macho strut with a hint of menace which might have worked in a different movie, but feels utterly out of place in an upscale wine merchant from modern-day Tokyo. He is very unconvincing as Rinko's love interest, and is further hindered by his corpulent, scary hairy physique and significant age difference with his co-star. I could not for the life of me believe in chemistry between the two of them.

The omnipresent narrator, an older sound engineer who maintains chaste friendship with Rinko's character and gives the movie its title, is the most sympathetic of all, but he is more of a convenient voice-over device than a fully-fleshed character. Other parts are one-dimensional at best.

Recommended only for indiscriminate art-house fans, Japan fetishists, and furries.

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