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The Discarnates (1988)

Ijin-tachi to no natsu (original title)
Harada is a successful scenario writer, and his best buddy has just announced an intention to propose to Harada's ex-wife. Recovering from the shock, Harada indulges in melancholy, mainly ... See full summary »

Director:

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writers:

Taichi Yamada (novel), Shin'ichi Ichikawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morio Kazama Morio Kazama ... Hidemi Harada
Kumiko Akiyoshi Kumiko Akiyoshi ... Fusako Harada, Mother
Tsurutarô Kataoka Tsurutarô Kataoka ... Hidekichi Harada, Father
Atsuko Kawata Atsuko Kawata ... Herself
Bengaru Bengaru ... Taxi Driver
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Dentist
Ryôichi Kusanagi Ryôichi Kusanagi
Kazuya Tokimoto Kazuya Tokimoto
Yûji Ogata Yûji Ogata
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru
Jun Kajima Jun Kajima
Hideaki Komori Hideaki Komori
Eiko Hikari Eiko Hikari
Shoko Oda Shoko Oda
Nao Asuka Nao Asuka
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Storyline

Harada is a successful scenario writer, and his best buddy has just announced an intention to propose to Harada's ex-wife. Recovering from the shock, Harada indulges in melancholy, mainly on his failure as a husband and father, and goes to a 'Rakugo' (sit-down comedy) show, where a friendly man in the audience invites him home. Harada is puzzled at the strong resemblance of this man and his wife to his own parents, who were killed nearly 30 years ago when he was twelve. He visits the couple repeatedly, and greatly enjoys the happy atmosphere there, which was much like his childhood, and such a contrast to his current existence, which is lonely and tortured. But he is no longer alone. The same night his buddy confessed, Harada was visited by Kei, a beautiful woman from the third floor, who is also the only other occupant of their apartment building. She offers champagne and company. Furious with women, he rudely rebuffs her, but she persists, and he later invites her in. That they ... Written by Sharptongue

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Discarnates See more »

Filming Locations:

Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Features Carmen Comes Home (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

O mio babbino caro
by Giacomo Puccini
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Ghosts and nostalgia
5 January 2002 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

A lovely film. The performances by the high-quality cast are excellent and convincing. Kazama does a great job as the scenario writer who gets a second chance to spend time with his loving parents, who actually were killed when he was twelve. Yuko Natori is wonderful and sexy as his amorous neighbour who becomes his lover and confidante. Woven into the story is a lovely moral tale about a man who is a total failure as a person (though with a successful career) getting back in touch with his true feelings. Highly recommended.


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