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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)

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Hsiao-Hsien Hou's first film to be shot in Japan. See more »

Soundtracks

Maggio Suite
Composed by Wen Ye Jiang
Performed by J. Y. Song
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Another masterpiece from Hou Hsiao-hsien
23 July 2005 | by PenGuhWinSee all my reviews

Hou Hsiao-hsien's previous film, "Millennium Mambo," was filled with pulsating colors and rhythms - "Cafe Lumiere," on the other hand, offers us classical piano music, bookshops, and trains... lots of trains.

To me, the plot, and in some way the characters, seemed very fluid - you never knew where the film was leading you, and (as in many of Hou's films) it's left up to you to form your own opinion about the characters.

"Cafe Lumiere" is a very languid, soothing film, filled with marvelous images and memorable vignettes. It is not a good place for a newcomer to Hou's films to start (try "Mambo" for that), and not a good film for the impatient. However, if you approach it in the right frame of mind, you will find yourself somehow transported into another person's life for a couple of hours, and come out with the film rattling around your subconscious for days afterward.


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