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Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)

Sekai no chûshin de, ai o sakebu (original title)
While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director:

Isao Yukisada

Writers:

Kyouichi Katayama (novel), Yûji Sakamoto (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takao Osawa ... Sakutaro Matsumoto
Ko Shibasaki ... Ritsuko Fujimura (as Kô Shibasaki)
Masami Nagasawa ... Aki Hirose
Mirai Moriyama Mirai Moriyama ... Sakutaro Matsumoto (High School)
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Shigezou Matsumoto
Kankurô Kudô ... Ryunosuke Ooki
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Johnny
Issey Takahashi ... Ryunosuke (high school student) (as Issei Takahashi)
Rio Kanno Rio Kanno ... Ritsuko (girl)
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Aki's Father
Katsutaka Furuhata Katsutaka Furuhata ... Johnny (high school)
Kenta Uchino Kenta Uchino ... Classmate
Aki Nishihara Aki Nishihara ... Classmate
Masaru Miyazaki Masaru Miyazaki ... Classmate
Marie Kawaguchi Marie Kawaguchi ... Classmate
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Storyline

In 1980s Kyushu, two teenagers fell in love, and exchanged their secrets and thoughts by way of sending tape recordings to each other. More than a decade later, the boy (now grown-up and bittered) rediscovers the last recording of his long-dead lover's voice. Her words trigger a series of flashbacks illustrating the joyful beginning and tragic end of their relationship. Written by Carrie-ko

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu, a Japanese romance novel by Katayama Kyoichi, sold over 3 million copies in Japan alone. See more »

Connections

References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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Someday
Written and Performed by Motoharu Sano
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A Memorable Romance
28 February 2005 | by dballredSee all my reviews

As a rule, I avoid romance tales and this one was nearly no exception. I didn't see it in the theaters when it was out last year, even though friends recommended it. Just by chance, I rented the DVD. It is available in Japan with English subtitles. Now, after several days, I can't stop thinking about it.

Sakutaro is a man in his mid-thirties about to marry Ritsuko, a woman in her late twenties. While getting ready to move, Ritsuko encounters an old audio cassette tape she forgot she had. Though she knew what the tape was, she had never heard it. After locating a store that still sells audio cassette players, she listens to it for the first time. It takes her on a pilgrimage to her (and Sakutaro's) childhood home town. She leaves a message telling him that she's going away for a while.

By chance, Sakutaro learns where Ritsuko went and he goes there. He finds himself on a pilgrimage of his own.

I can't proceed much further, but it can be said that this is not a frivolous love story. I deals with the permanence of love in a most touching and original way. I really hope this film finds its way out of Japan. I gave this movie an eight out of ten.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

8 May 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kagoshima, Japan See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,849,073
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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