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Sideways (2009)
"Saidoweizu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  31 October 2009 (Japan)
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A middle-aged Japanese man travels to California to attend the wedding of his American-based friend. Prior to the big event, they take one last trip to Napa Valley, where they taste wine, dally with romance.

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Credited cast:
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Michio Saito
Katsuhisa Namase ...
Daisuke Uehara
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Mina Parker
Kyôka Suzuki ...
Mayuko Tanka
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Laura Cooper
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John Guillaume
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Matthew Asner ...
Matty
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Wine Patron / Drug Store shopper
Ted Cahn ...
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Francois Caillaud ...
Winery attendant
Gabrielle D'Estries ...
Alyce Cooper
Emily Dawson ...
Day spa flirt
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Alli
Caroline Paris Gluck ...
Pharmacy Girl
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Pharmacy Boy
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A middle-aged Japanese man travels to California to attend the wedding of his American-based friend. Prior to the big event, they take one last trip to Napa Valley, where they taste wine, dally with romance.

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Great "re-imagination" of a well-known original movie.
7 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, this "re-imagination" was better than the original, which to me was a little too dark and didn't result in a happy ending. The Japanese actors played off each other very well and the chemistry seemed genuine. The music provoked many nostalgic memories of younger days for this 40-something viewer and the scenery was terrific. At the same time, the movie remained true to the original in maintaining several classic scenes, with small twists. The use of "non-actors" in the winery scenes (i.e. people who actually worked there) and certain other areas was also a nice touch. Makes us want to take a little "Sideways" trip ourselves and gain some fresh perspective on our lives. Watched it twice.


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