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The Clone Returns Home (2008)

Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu (original title)
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 masterful and incredibly thought-provoking science-fiction film.
18 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Upon winning the FilmMakers' Prize at Sundance '06 for the original draft of the screenplay, Kanji Nakajima continued to rewrite and hone his vision into a true masterpiece. This film absolutely blew me away. I loved nearly every frame of it. A thoughtful film about love, family, longing, and spirituality; Kanji truly weaves a compelling story around memory and consciousness. It absolutely bears resemblance to some of the classic works--Tarkovsky is often mentioned--but never to fault. The Clone Returns Home, to me, is the first great original science-fiction masterpiece of the last 20 years. It sits in great company with Solaris, Stalker, and 2001. The film moves at a slow, contemplative pace that will be difficult for some, but for a fan of the classics it simply doesn't get any better. Finally, I can't discuss the film without calling attention to Hideho Urata's gorgeous work behind the camera--absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see what these two do next.


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