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Maborosi (1995)

Maboroshi no hikari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 March 1997 (USA)
A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers:

Teru Miyamoto (novel), Yoshihisa Ogita (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Makiko Esumi ... Yumiko
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ... Tamio
Tadanobu Asano ... Ikuo
Gohki Kashiyama Gohki Kashiyama ... Yuichi
Naomi Watanabe Naomi Watanabe ... Tomoko
Midori Kiuchi Midori Kiuchi ... Michiko
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Yoshihiro
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura ... Tomeno
Hidekazu Akai Hidekazu Akai ... Master
Hiromi Ichida Hiromi Ichida ... Hatsuko
Minori Terada Minori Terada ... Detective
Ren Osugi ... Hiroshi, Yumiko's Father (as Ren Ôsugi)
Kikuko Hashimoto Kikuko Hashimoto ... Kiyo, Yumiko's Grandmother
Shuichi Harada Shuichi Harada ... Cop
Takashi Inoue Takashi Inoue ... Driver
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Storyline

A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illusion See more »

Filming Locations:

Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

TV Man Union See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was released on DVD in France in 2010, 11 years after its 1999 theatrical release in the country. See more »

Quotes

Yumiko: It's harder to say goodbye if we keep postponing it.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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A Directing Triumph
17 May 1999 | by Mr. FilmSee all my reviews

Rarely do I rate films so highly, but Maborosi earned it's nine. A large part of my enjoyment of the film was due to the beautiful and subtle directing that seemed to compliment the story itself perfectly. Koreeda is a very promising Japanese director. I recommend this one to all serious movie watchers, and I await his future films.


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