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Café Lumière (2003)

Kôhî jikô (original title)
The story revolves around Yoko Inoue, a pregnant woman in search for a cafe that's frequented by a Taiwanese composer whose life she is researching.

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writers:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou (screenplay), T'ien-wen Chu (screenplay)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yo Hitoto Yo Hitoto ... Yôko
Tadanobu Asano ... Hajime Takeuchi
Masato Hagiwara Masato Hagiwara ... Seiji
Kimiko Yo ... Yôko no keiba
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Yôko no otôsan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keiichi Asada Keiichi Asada
Yukio Endô Yukio Endô
Yôko Hoshi Yôko Hoshi
Mikiko Kakizawa Mikiko Kakizawa
Hiroko Kumada Hiroko Kumada
Kikutarô Mitobe Kikutarô Mitobe
Sumiko Mitobe Sumiko Mitobe
Masaru Motegi Masaru Motegi
Hiroko Ninomiya Hiroko Ninomiya
Yasuko Ogata Yasuko Ogata
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Storyline

The story revolves around Yoko Inoue, a pregnant woman in search for a cafe that's frequented by a Taiwanese composer whose life she is researching.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Japan | Taiwan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

11 September 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Café Lumière See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,069
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ten days were spent to catch the famous sequence with the two main characters in the same take but on different trains. Each day there was only a three hour window where the trains crossed in this way. See more »

Soundtracks

Bagatelles, Op.8
Composed by Wen Ye Jiang
Performed by J. Y. Song
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I'm that guy who doesn't like Hou Hsiao-Hsien
21 January 2006 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Eh, I thought this was slightly above average for Hou. Which means I still didn't care for it much, but I didn't exactly dislike it, either. As far as the (non- or possibly anti-) story goes, it's probably his slightest yet. A young woman is newly pregnant. She wanders around, rides the trains, hangs out with a friend, has half-heard conversations on a cell phone, eats, drinks milk, eats some more and generally avoids the issue of what's in her belly. So, yes, it's pretty dull. But Hou does capture an ambiance that is pleasant, at the very least. I have in the past likened Hou's work to sitting on a bus and eavesdropping. Funny, as one of the main characters in this film enjoys recording ambient noises on passenger trains. At least in this film you get to hang around a pretty Japanese girl and Tadanobu Asano, star of such great Asian flicks as Ichi the Killer and Last Life in the Universe. I loved the last sequence and the final shot.


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