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All Around Us (2008)
"Gururi no koto" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  7 June 2008 (Japan)
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In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather ... See full summary »

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Tae Kimura
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Hirofumi Arai
Mitsuko Baishô
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Eri Iwamoto
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In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather laid-back style and Shoko works in a small publishing firm. Their home life is marked by some clashes between her attempts at regimentation, including scheduling their sex life on a calendar, and his flirting with other women. Kanao is offered work as a courtroom sketch artist and becomes a witness to the most sensational murder trials of Japan through the next 8 years. He must cope with the ugliness and breakdown in civility he encounters. Shoko also re-discovers her artistic side as she confronts the dark side of life when struggling with depression over the loss of a child and the dysfunctional aspects of the lives of her mother and brother. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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This movie could be in a similar vain as some Japanese classic movies (Tokyo Story for example, pace-wise, not story-wise of course). It really is slow moving and takes time to introduce you to the two main characters.

Even the secondary characters get screen time and you get to know them. Apart from the really nice story/character arcs you get treated to some history/crime lessons. Some events that real happened in Japan are mentioned. But they don't feel out of context, although they don't always really fit into the story, they always keep the movie flowing nicely. For (some) western audiences a few behavior mannerisms might seem odd, but I personally did like the characters, with all their flaws and quirks.


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