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Yume no ginga (1997)

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.

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(as Sogo Ishii)

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(as Sogo Ishii), (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rena Komine ... Tomiko Tomonari
... Tatsuo Niitaka
Kotomi Kyôno ... Chieko Yamashita
Tomoka Kurotani ... Tsuyako Tukikawa
Kirina Mano ... Aiko
Reiko Matsuo ... Mineko Matsuura
... Kuro-Tonbi no kyaku
Takeshi Ikeda ... Tsuwaomote
Shuko Honami ... Tsuyako's mother
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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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Labyrinth of Dreams  »

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visually stunning but lacking in depth
29 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a film that is gorgeous to look at and will keep you watching till the end. But it is ultimately style over content; the cinematography is everything, as well as the staging to showcase the performances by the principles. The gaping hole in this film is characterisation. Neither of the principals seem to possess a life before or after the events we see on screen. Their bouts of staring at each other become faintly ridiculous after a while, even by Japanese standards. The film exhibits symptoms of the malaise afflicting J-cinema as a whole - great directing, sublime photography, and a script that seems to have been written on the train on the way to the studio.


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