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Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)

Yume no ginga (original title)
Bus conductor Tomiko falls in love with driver Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being a serial killer who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.


Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii)


Gakuryû Ishii (as Sogo Ishii), Kyuusaku Yumeno (novel)
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Credited cast:
Rena Komine Rena Komine ... Tomiko Tomonari
Tadanobu Asano ... Tatsuo Niitaka
Kotomi Kyôno Kotomi Kyôno ... Chieko Yamashita
Tomoka Kurotani Tomoka Kurotani ... Tsuyako Tukikawa
Kirina Mano Kirina Mano ... Aiko
Reiko Matsuo Reiko Matsuo ... Mineko Matsuura
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Kuro-Tonbi no kyaku
Takeshi Ikeda Takeshi Ikeda ... Tsuwaomote
Chikako Hon'ami Chikako Hon'ami ... Tsuyako's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wui-Sin Chong Wui-Sin Chong


Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was killed in a bus accident. Tsuyako wrote that she felt that her fiance and driver, Niitaka, planned to kill her. Tomiko therefore plans to take revenge on Niitaka. However Tomiko falls in love with Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being the Tokyo bus driver serial killer, who killed his female conductors after tiring of them. Written by Will Gilbert

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Masterpiece of intrigue
15 July 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Based on Kyusaku Yumeno's novel "Shojo jigoku satsujin rerei", Yume no ginga (Milkyway of dreams) is a masterpiece depicting young girl's dream, and thriller of serial murder.

The film is shot like the old movies from '50s Japan, but the faces of the actors are unmistakably new.

Tomiko who is a bus guide hears about the death of her friend Tsuyako who was engaged with her fellow bus driver Niitaka. She hears about a rumor about serial murderer who is also a bus driver and suspects Tsuyako might have been his victim. One day, Tsuyako's ex fiancé starts to work in her bus company. Tomiko begins to suspect Niitaka might have been responsible for Tsuyako's death.

Yumeno has a dreamy style to his novel. The movie reflects his style, and the translation is done superbly and seamlessly in this movie.

You have to see this movie to appreciate its subtle artistry. Great suspense and mystery set on a backdrop of ordinary day to day life of a young girl.

Highly recommended.

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15 February 1997 (Japan) See more »

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