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Blessing Bell (2002)

Kôfuku no kane (original title)
After losing his job at the factory Igarashi aimlessly wanders through Tokyo where he encounters various people and gains insight into their lives.

Director:

SABU (as Sabu)

Writer:

SABU (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Igarashi
Naomi Nishida Naomi Nishida ... Iragashi's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reila Aphrodite
Ayako Hirai Ayako Hirai
Itsuji Itao ... Prisoner
Ren Osugi ... Loudspeaker person in prison (voice) (as Ren Ôsugi)
Ryôko Shinohara ... Single mother
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Yakuza
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Bar-owner
Seijun Suzuki ... Old Man's Ghost
Ryoko Takizawa Ryoko Takizawa
Yui Tateishi Yui Tateishi
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Man who doesn't want to pay his bill
Kôji Yokokawa Kôji Yokokawa
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After losing his job at the factory Igarashi aimlessly wanders through Tokyo where he encounters various people and gains insight into their lives.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 November 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blessing Bell See more »

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It is not at all a mistake made by your Video Cassette Recorder.
18 July 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

How would you react to a film in which the last scene becomes its first scene ? Impossible,no no no,how can that be true ......These will surely be some of the most common refrains to be heard if a question like this is asked.However there is a surprise in store here.Blessing Bell directed by Sabu aka Hiroyuki Tanaka,one of the most talented Japanese actor cum filmmaker has made that impossible possible by using some of the most innovative yet down to earth techniques like no sound,black humor and minimalist film-making. He is ably supported in this endeavor by Susumu Terajima who has appeared in a couple of films made by great modern day master of Japanese cinema Takeshi Kitano.A lesson about life is to be learned as Blessing Bell has a good collection of scenes of daily lives which enable us to lead a life full of spiritual richness.Your VCR is at no fault if you find the repetitive nature of some scenes. They are very well the integral part of this film.


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