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Ghost Soup (1992)

Agreeing to move out of his old apartment early to help out others, Ichiro shows up unexpectedly to move into his new place on Christmas Eve, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. As he ... See full summary »

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Shunji Iwai

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Shunji Iwai
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ranran Suzuki Ranran Suzuki ... Nana
Hiroyuki Watari Hiroyuki Watari ... Ichiro Suzuki
Dave Spector ... Mel
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi
Kôichi Hayashi Kôichi Hayashi
Maki Onda Maki Onda
Fujiko Yamamoto Fujiko Yamamoto
Naoki Fuji Naoki Fuji
Masato Uchiyama Masato Uchiyama
Tsutomu Tôdô Tsutomu Tôdô
Gannosuke Yamamoto Gannosuke Yamamoto
Noriyuki Shimamura Noriyuki Shimamura
Osamu Koike Osamu Koike
Daisuke Hasegawa Daisuke Hasegawa
Shin Shimura Shin Shimura
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Agreeing to move out of his old apartment early to help out others, Ichiro shows up unexpectedly to move into his new place on Christmas Eve, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. As he starts to unpack, he is beset upon by a series of salesmen at his door and as a result he is already not in the mood to make concessions when two strangely dressed and mannered visitors, Nana and Mel, arrive and insist that he and his possessions are in the way of their plans to hold a Christmas party they cannot re-schedule. In the ensuing see-saw battle over possession of the premises, the pair seems to have some unfair advantages. For instance, Ichiro finds it frustrating that only he seems to be able to see the odd pair. Whether or not Ghost Soup can be made and served hangs in the balance. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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A charming Japanese "take" on a Disney Channel-type movie
23 April 2004 | by boblindsSee all my reviews

A college student moves into his new apartment at Christmastime, but he's a month ahead of his previous schedule because he had to leave his previous residence ahead of plan. Suddenly, two people appear at the door -- a teenage girl and her childlike older male friend -- claiming that they've previously scheduled a Christmas party to be held in the apartment. He throws them out, along with their three silent companions.

They don't take "Get Out!" as an answer and conspire to get the student out of his apartment long enough to have their party. Their plotting produces comedic results, but -- as the film's title implies -- there's a lot more to the situation and a deeper purpose for the party.

An utterly charming, fragile story, saved from being cloying by the (sometimes broad) performances and a precise directorial hand. Targeting kids, I suppose, but so endearing that it touches adults, too.


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Release Date:

21 December 1992 (Japan) See more »

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GHOST SOUP See more »

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