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Eureka (2000)

Yurîka (original title)
The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director:

Shinji Aoyama

Writer:

Shinji Aoyama

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Makoto Sawai
Aoi Miyazaki ... Kozue Tamura
Masaru Miyazaki Masaru Miyazaki ... Naoki Tamura
Yôichirô Saitô Yôichirô Saitô ... Akihiko
Sayuri Kokushô Sayuri Kokushô ... Yumiko
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Shigeo
Gô Rijû Gô Rijû ... Busjack Man
Yutaka Matsushige ... Matsuoka
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Yoshiyuki Sawai
Kimie Shingyôji Kimie Shingyôji ... Mito Tamura
Denden ... Yoshida
Eihi Shiina ... Keiko Kôno
Yûji Nakamura Yûji Nakamura ... Hiroki Tamura
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Seiji Sawai
Yôko Noma Yôko Noma ... Kiyoko Sawai
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Storyline

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 November 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eureka See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,470, 6 May 2001

Gross USA:

$46,635
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DTS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There may be another inspiration for this movie. There was also a highly publicized bus hijacking in 2000 by a knife-wielding 17 year old in Hiroshima. He killed one and injured four others. See more »

Quotes

Makoto Sawai: Do you think one can live only for others?
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Soundtracks

LA CHEBALERESQUE (THE HORSE RIDING OF A TITLED LADY) IN C MAJOR)
(uncredited)
(from 25 Etudes, Op.100)
Music by Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller
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Long, challenging, but well worth the effort
19 February 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Hailed as a masterpiece by some, and a near one by others, I liked it quite a bit, and never felt bored in spite of it's nearly 4 hour running time. I was quite moved – to the point of tears - by the end.

It looks and feels like no other movie I've seen, shot in a shifting sepia tone, with very little dialogue, and long silent takes. It's an intimate epic. Sort of a Japanese version of a Terrence Malick film.

A young brother and sister, and a bus driver are the only survivors of a random bus-jacking by a madman. The three retreat from the world. But two years later the bus driver seeks out the brother and sister – living alone and mute despite their youth – and the long, slow process of healing begins.

As much as I liked a lot of it, certain plot twists felt clunky or heavy handed, as did some of the dialogue. A movie so based in unspoken emotion loses something when the themes suddenly become too literal, in word or action. But, those are things that might bother me less on a second viewing, when I was more prepared for this unique, odd, challenging film.


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