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Hoteru bînasu (2004)

In a strange alienated world there is a secret hotel in a shabby diner called the Venus Café, harboring some unusual people where compelling secrets lie in each resident's heart. Torturing ... See full summary »

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Hideta Takahata

Writer:

Tetsurou Asou
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ... Chonan
Miki Nakatani ... Wife
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Doctor
Jung-Woo Park Jung-Woo Park ... Guy
Ko To-Heui Ko To-Heui ... Sai
Eun-ji Jo Eun-ji Jo ... Soda
Joon-Gi Lee ... Boy (as Jun-ki Lee)
Masachika Ichimura ... Venus
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Old man
Takashi Matsuo Takashi Matsuo ... Master of Flower Shop
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ... Fishy doc
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Policeman A
Pete Plum Pete Plum ... Duster
Rizumu Kaneko Rizumu Kaneko ... Lover
Tsunku Tsunku ... Man in Venus Cafe
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Storyline

In a strange alienated world there is a secret hotel in a shabby diner called the Venus Café, harboring some unusual people where compelling secrets lie in each resident's heart. Torturing secrets that have broken their emotional boundaries in the past. In this bittersweet, heart-wrenching story, there lives a man by the name of Chonan (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) who lives in the attic and works as a waiter or handyman at the hotel. Room 1 is shared by two residents; an incapable alcoholic and an illegal doctor named Doctor (Teruyuki Kagawa) and Wife (Miki Nakatani) who used to be a nurse but now works as a hostess living in the hopes of Doctor's recuperation. In Room 3 lives a bubbly girl by the name of Soda (Jo Eun Ji), who came from a deserted town where no one flowers flourished and has a dream to open her own flower shop. Finally, Room 4, occupied by a challenging young boy by the name of Boy (Lee Joon Gi), who carries around a gun longing to become a strong man and wishes to some day ... Written by Colleen16

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 September 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hotel Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Vladivostok, Russia

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Budget:

JPY 10,000,000 (estimated)
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Venus Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soft images and hard experience
29 November 2004 | by KosmopolSee all my reviews

This film is one of those piece of art, which leaves in consciousness for the whole life. In a strange alienated world there are a hidden "Hotel Venus", harbouring some strange human beings. They are alone, but want to break a distance to each other.

The movie was filmed in Vladivostok, but this is NOT a film about Vladivostok. This is an existential parable. It has soft images, but it affects the subconsciousness with strong emotional power.

The soundtrack is also great, but it has some suspicious similarities with Boris Grebenshchekov (Russian music band "Akvarium"). I hope, this is not a plagiarism, but a variation of his theme.

And, of course, Kusanagi-san is really great. I think, this is one of the best Japanese movies of this year.


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