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Maborosi (1995)

Maboroshi no hikari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 December 1995 (Japan)
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:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 December 1995 (Japan) 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

Hirokazu Koreeda's directorial film debut. See more »

Quotes

Yumiko: [Recalling her first husband's unexplained suicide] I just... I just don't understand! Why did he kill himself? Why was he walking along the tracks? It just goes around and around in my head. Why do you think he did it?
Tamio: [after giving it some thought] The sea has the power to beguile. Back when dad was fishing, he once saw a maborosi - a strange light - far out to sea. Something in it was beckoning to him, he said... It happens to all of us.
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Cinematic EYE CANDY
22 June 2002 | by smakawhatSee all my reviews

I don't think I have ever witnessed a film, in which the cinematography was so outstanding that it really was the star of the picture. This film, about a Japanese woman who remaries and moves to a small fishing village after her last husband comits suicide is less about the story but more about its surroundings. Scenes are mostly taken and shot from a distance with little camera movement, in a way they become living paintings. Blues, reds, and greens come in to accent shots, moving vehicles enter to give splash of colour and brilliant contrast. The actors are distant. I couldn't take my eyes let alone blink for the fear of missing something amazing. The simple act of a child throwing a pink ball, to the sunlit rooms that get illuminated, to blue paint in fishing boats it all had me engrossed. I found myself more as a participant in a museum gallery of high art than being engaged in a plot or story not that there isn't one or that it was bad. I have never witnessed a film like this and even found that just the scenes themselves and the background of story brought so much emotion out of me.

A remarkable piece of cinema

Rating 9 out of 10


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