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Like Someone in Love -- An old man and a young woman meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of twenty-four hours bears no relation to the circumstances of their encounter.


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15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Tadashi Okuno ... Takashi Watanabe

Rin Takanashi ... Akiko

Ryô Kase ... Noriaki
Denden ... Hiroshi
Reiko Mori ... Nagisa
Kaneko Kubota ... Akiko's grandmother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryota Nakanishi ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abbas Kiarostami  screenplay

Produced by
Charles Gillibert .... producer
Kenzô Horikoshi .... executive producer
Nathanaël Karmitz .... producer
Abbas Kiarostami .... producer
Mai Ushikubo .... assistant producer
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yûichi Tazawa .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound re-recording mixer
Reza Narimizadeh .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Marcos .... visual effects
Editorial Department
Shogo Yokoyama .... assistant editor
Music Department
Elise Luguern .... music clearances
Other crew
Ryota Nakanishi .... production assistant
Shogo Yokoyama .... script supervisor
Ryota Nakanishi .... additional thanks
Teruyo Nogami .... special thanks

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109 min
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The film had the production title The End which was also the initial name of the movie.See more »
Takashi:Whatever will be will be.See more »
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10 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A peculiar relationship dissected as subtly as possible, 4 May 2013
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

"Like Someone in Love" is Abbas Kiarostami's follow-up to the mind- bending relationship drama "Certified Copy". Dissection of the title alone provides so many interesting clues and directions for the film to take in addition to what was analyzed previously. And while it does in fact address those interesting ideas (indirectly), it is as minimal as any film-going audience could possibly stand. We essentially watch an unexplained relationship unfold in almost real-time (just under 24 hours).

Akiko (Rin Takashi) is a college-aged girl up to something in the big city of Tokyo that is probably not good for her. She's having an argument with her boyfriend on the phone and she's saying no to a job that a middle-aged man is offering her. This middle-aged man is clearly her pimp and "no" means "yes, sir, I will do whatever you tell me to." So into the cab Akiko goes and we begin to worry about her safety. We spent an awful long time worrying about her safety with no idea what lies ahead for her. The cab ride was two hours long and we saw a lot of it. Akiko arrives at the apartment of an older gentleman looking for companionship. We don't really know what exactly Takashi Watanabe (Tadashi Okuno) wanted with Akiko, and then in the morning he drives her back to Tokyo. Another long car ride.

Visually the car rides were impeccably shot. The scenery was reflected in the windshield and we could still see the characters' faces behind. Unfortunately we don't really know what's happening with these characters during these long car rides. Sometimes a car ride is just a car ride.

Eventually we meet Noriaki (Ryo Kase), Akiko's offensive boyfriend. And he starts putting the relationships into perspective. A different perspective. He allows Akiko and Watanabe to act differently than they actually are, which allows us to start seeing them as they actually are. And then it ends. Well, not quite that quickly, but without giving anything away, it ends.

We're given so little on screen to examine that it can be frustrating even to the viewers that appreciate the subtle beauty in film. Two weeks after first seeing it, my mind has started to form a few opinions on what was being said but it's still a bit too little, too late.

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