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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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Abbas Kiarostami (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »
In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Tadashi Okuno ... Takashi Watanabe

Rin Takanashi ... Akiko

Ryô Kase ... Noriaki
Denden ... Hiroshi
Mihoko Suzuki ... The neighbor
Kaneko Kubota ... Akiko's grandmother
Hiroyuki Kishi ... The former student
Reiko Mori ... Nagisa
Kôichi Ohori ... Taxi driver (as Kouichi Ohori)
Tomoaki Tatsumi ... The mechanic
Seina Kasugai ... Nagisa's friend
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 .... associate producer
Kenzô Horikoshi .... executive producer
Nathanaël Karmitz .... associate producer
Abbas Kiarostami .... producer
Mai Ushikubo .... assistant producer
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima 
Film Editing by
Bahman Kiarostami 
Casting by
Tsuyoshi Sugino 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yûichi Tazawa .... first assistant director
Kazuki Tobita .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... re-recording mixer
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound (as Mohamadreza Delpak)
Nobuyuki Kikuchi .... sound
Reza Narimizadeh .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Marcos .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Akio Kimura .... gaffer
Takayuki Matsumoto .... assistant camera
Akira Sekiguchi .... video engineer
Shinji Suzuki .... assistant camera
Anna Tanaka .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Isabelle Laclau .... colorist
Shogo Yokoyama .... assistant editor (as Edishogo Yokoyama)
Music Department
Elise Luguern .... music clearances
Other crew
Shohreh Golparian .... assistant to the director and interpreter
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 »
Noriaki:[subtitled version] If we're married, she has to answer me.
Takashi:Ideally, yes. That's why I'm saying you lack experience.
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 19 August 2014
Author: gavin6942 from United States

In Tokyo, a young prostitute (Rin Takanashi) develops an unexpected connection with a widower (Tadashi Okuno) over a period of two days.

At this point in his career, Abbas Kiarostami had been directing films for forty years, so he is no amateur. But it might be a bit of a new beginning, filming in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast. In fact, had one not known better, they might assume the director was Japanese. What do these two worldviews create when blended?

Professor Nico Baumbach makes much of this cultural difference (and rightfully so), saying Kiarostami's foreign immersion "heightens in a new way the sense of the filmmaker as spectator", but is then quick to point out that despite this, we are not alienated from our subjects. The experience of distance "becomes the condition for an emotional connection that otherwise would not have been possible."

The film is also, in short, beautifully shot, with glorious cinematography. This is the sort of film, with its style and charismatic lead actress that one could watch for hours regardless of plot or substance. Critic David Denby says it more eloquently when he writes, "The cinematography is clear and hard-focused, and the editing produces long, flowing passages. This exquisitely made, elusive film has a lulling rhythm and a melancholy charm."

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