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The Light Shines Only There (2014)

Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku (original title)
Two troubled souls living on the fringes of a port town fall in love, but their trials are far from over.

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Gô Ayano ...
Tatsuo Sato
Chizuru Ikewaki ...
Chinatsu Ohshiro
Masaki Suda ...
Takuji Ohshiro
Kazuya Takahashi ...
Nakajima
Shôhei Hino ...
Matsumoto
Hiroko Isayama ...
Kazuko Oshiro
Taijirô Tamura ...
Taiji Oshiro
Eita Okuno
Morio Akada
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In a Japanese port town, Tatsuo, a traumatized man, spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking himself to oblivion. Whiling his hours away at a pachinko parlor, he meets Takuji, a young man on parole who impulsively invites him to a shabby house on the outskirts of town. There, Tatsuo glimpses Takuji's bedridden father and callous mother, and meets his world-weary older sister Chinatsu. While immediately drawn to each other, romance is an unaffordable luxury for the emotionally closed-off Tatsuo and the disillusioned Chinatsu, who sells herself to provide for her family and keep her brother out of jail. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a relationship, the happy-go-lucky Takuji latches onto Tatsuo, binding their fates. Each step they take to build a better life sets off a chain of actions that have devastating consequences. Written by Sachiko

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Grim, but well acted
9 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really elegantly made film all around. Of course, it's grim but the colors and the cinematography do a good job of highlighting just the right type of tone needed for the narrative and these characters' journeys. And emotional journeys they do take. The actors are really fantastic though, and really do make it a powerful sort of journey, much more effective than I would've thought as how the film started. I do think it's such an uncomfortable viewing experience though, not an easy one and while I can usually handle that, I don't think this is a great film though. Effective, but certain writing issues keep it from getting on another level. Still, recommended.


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