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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 Ohsawa ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

8 May 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Crying Out Love in the Center of the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Kagoshima, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,938,018
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 Melody (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Charles Gounod
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A story for everyone who experienced love at a young age...and more
20 November 2005 | by robstewart-2See all my reviews

THere is so much to be said about this movie.

Its aesthetically beautiful. It's emotionally pure, powerful, & sad and its heartwarming as well as tearjerking. I won't tell you anything about the story because you probably have already looked into it. Well, if you haven't... DON'T! Don't spoil it for yourself. Find it somehow. Online. IN a store. Anywhere. Its amazing. Breathtaking. Gratifying. At the risk of sounding like more of a fanboy, I'll stop here.

The best Japanese film of 2004 without a doubt & maybe of the last decade.

A must see.

I hope for a region 1 DVD sometime soon.


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