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The Clone Returns Home (2008)
"Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu" (original title)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  10 January 2009 (Japan)
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The Clone Returns Home is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary - yet utterly imaginable - future, this quietly ... See full summary »

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Mitsuhiro Oikawa ...
Kohei Takahara
Eri Ishida ...
Yoko Takahara
Hiromi Nagasaku ...
Tokie Takahara
Kyûsaku Shimada ...
Dr. Kageyama
Ryô Tsukamoto ...
Young Kohei
Shô Tsukamoto ...
Young Noboru
Ken'ichi Yajima ...
Sasagawa
Kôzô Satô ...
Towada
Takahiro Hirano ...
Yagihashi
Airi Tsurumi ...
Teshigawara's Granddaughter
Akemi Fuji ...
Kanemoto's Mother
Chieko Ichikawa ...
Mitsu Takahara
Yoshito Shimizu ...
Fukunaga
Tajiro Tamura ...
Farmer
Akiko Hayashi ...
Nurse
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The Clone Returns Home is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary - yet utterly imaginable - future, this quietly provocative film skillfully transposes complex emotional drama into the realm of science fiction by exploring the influence of technology on human memory and experience. Filled with stunning imagery and haunting stillness, The Clone Returns Home deftly combines subtly nuanced sci-fi with a uniquely Japanese perspective on the universal themes of family, life, love, and death. Written by Hikari Ohta

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A Japanese love-letter to Solaris
26 October 2011 | by (Vanuatu) – See all my reviews

Slow-moving, pensive movies sci-fi movies exploring themes like identity and alienation seem to be the rage currently. While "Never Let Me Go" left me cold, and "Mr. Nobody" and "Womb" made me wince, this is the gem of the bunch. A beautiful, restrained film that never buckles under the weight of its own gravitas. Be forewarned - the influence of Solaris is anything but discreet. Some of the scenes seem to be set up as a deliberate homage to Tarkovsky. It didn't bother me though, and I would liken it to Duncan Jones' gentle winks to the sci-fi classics in "Moon". In fact there are striking parallels between these two movies thematically, and they would fit snugly together on a double bill. Hopefully "The Clone... " will garner enough attention that Kanji Nakajima is able to continue to explore science fiction in this respectful, understanding manner. A quite wonderful little pendant to Solaris, that deserves to be seen.


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