A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead ... See full summary »
A salesman named Kosuke Okuda happens to meet Mao Watarai,a friend from his middle school days. Back then, Mao was bullied, but now she is an attractive woman. Kosuke and Mao fall in love and decide to marry, but Mao has a secret.
Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of the perpetrators meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.
As a child Takuma is diagnosed with a heart condition that requires care from a cardiologist. He soon becomes friends with his doctors young daughter Mayu while being treated at the ... See full summary »
"Halfway" for me was disappointing. I am a fan of these simple, slow-paced Japanese films, where nothing extraordinary happens and it's all about the emotions and the landscape, but this time it wasn't enough. The lead female character was extremely annoying. The only way she communicated with her boyfriend was hitting him, pulling his scarf, ordering him around etc... This was supposed to portray the shyness/awkwardness of a teenager in love? It was not sweet, it was obnoxious and stupid. I think Masaki Okada did a good job as the male lead, he was much more believable. But overall we didn't have the chance to get to know anything about the characters or their relationship. So it just looked out of place and boring. The cinematography was good, with the landscape shots and the hand held camera... but for a beautiful film about innocent love and enjoying the simple things in life I would suggest "Tennen kokekkô" (also with Masaki Okada). Much better use of your time than this one.
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