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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
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Ryota Nakanishi ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
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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
Yuichi 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
Shogo Yokoyama .... script supervisor
Teruyo Nogami .... special thanks

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109 min
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In the late 1990s Abbas Kiarostami was driving late at night while on a visit to Tokyo and witnessed a young girl on the side of the street dressed as a bride. In the years following, while visiting Tokyo to promote other films, he realized that he was always looking for that same girl because she had left such an impression but that he would never likely notice her again in real life because she wouldn't be wearing the same dress. This experience became the basis for the film.See more »
Akiko:[subtitled version] I'd rather not know all the mistakes I've made. I'm depressed enough as it is.See more »
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An Iranian director in Japan, 27 September 2013
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

Like Someone in Love (2012) is a Japanese movie written and directed by the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Kiarostami brings his quiet, thoughtful style to a culture that is surely very alien to him. Japanese viewers may note cultural errors in the movie. My thought is that Kiarostami can look beyond cultural differences to universal themes.

The movie, set in Tokyo, stars Rin Takanashi as Akiko, a young provincial woman who is a call girl. (She doesn't walk the streets. She works out of a bar, whose owner arranges the sessions at people's homes.) As the movie opens Akiko is facing two immediate problems. Her jealous boyfriend is on the phone, demanding to know where she is. Akiko is a college student, and her boyfriend is aware of that. He doesn't know that she's a prostitute, but he can sense that something isn't right, and he suspects her of cheating.

Akiko's grandmother is visiting Tokyo that day, and desperately wants to see Akiko. Akiko would love to meet with her, but the bar owner is adamant--she must go out on a call to an important client. The client is Professor Takashi Watanabe, played by Tadasi Okuno. Akiko has no choice but to ignore her grandmother and visit the professor's apartment.

Prof. Watanabe is a gentle, lonely widower. He has prepared a special dinner for Akiko, and he's playing Western music. (It's Ella Fitzgerald singing "Like Someone in Love.") It's more like a seduction scene than a paid sexual encounter.

Akiko spends the night at the professor's home, and he drives her to the university the next morning. It's at that point that the film takes a different turn, because Akiko's violent boyfriend confronts her on the university steps.

All of this action takes place in the first third of the movie. In the remainder of the film, Kiarostami continues to explore this unusual and somewhat threatening love triangle. This interaction among three very different individuals provides a fascinating look into human relationships. Where these relationships will lead isn't always obvious or predictable.

I enjoyed this intelligent, thought-provoking movie. It will work well on DVD. It's worth seeking out and watching.

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