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All Around Us (2008)

Gururi no koto (original title)
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masaaki Akahori
Tamae Andô
Hirofumi Arai
Mitsuko Baishô
Akira Emoto
Yuki Enomoto
Kôjun Itô
Shûko Itô
Eri Iwamoto
Reiko Kataoka
Akiko Kikuchi
Yûichi Kimura
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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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I don't feel amazed
27 February 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Unlike this director/writer's past work, which I have been a fan of, this film I found quite lacklustre. The characters and script, from the beginning, can be disappointing, shameless, crude, negative. The aesthetics are not fantastic - plain looking interiors of offices, restaurants.

There wasn't much of the magic tenderness I have seen in past films, more of the disappointing and flawed realities. I couldn't relate to the characters.

The storyline is not dazzlingly original, nor particularly happy.

Lacking something magic, lacking something beautiful.


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