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Be with You (2004)

Ima, ai ni yukimasu (original title)
A young woman returns from the dead to her guilt-ridden husband and son, but she cannot remember them.

Director:

Nobuhiro Doi

Writers:

Takuji Ichikawa (novel), Yoshikazu Okada (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûko Takeuchi ... Mio
Shidô Nakamura ... Takumi
Akashi Takei Akashi Takei ... Yuji
Karen Miyama Karen Miyama ... Aya (Yuji's classmate)
Yôsuke Asari Yôsuke Asari ... Takumi (high school days)
Yûta Hiraoka ... Yuji (18 years old)
Chihiro Ohtsuka Chihiro Ohtsuka ... Mio (high school days) (as Chihiro Ôtsuka)
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... Midori Nagase (Takumi's co-worker)
Katsuo Nakamura ... Takumi's Boss
You You ... Yuji's Teacher
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ... Owner of Cake Shop
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Dr. Noguchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôki Okada Kôki Okada
Tokimasa Tanabe Tokimasa Tanabe
Kei Tanaka Kei Tanaka
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Storyline

Mio's death leaves husband Takumi and 6-year-old son Yuji fending for themselves. Taku occasionally suffers fainting spells, is disorganized, and fears that his health hindered Mio's happiness. Yuji overheard relatives speculate that his delivery compromised her health, and he blames himself for her death. Mio left him a picture book in which she departs for "The Archive Star" but re-appears during the rainy season the following year, and he eagerly awaits her return. Taking a walk in the forest outside their house, Taku and Yuji find a woman sheltering from the rain and immediately accept her as Mio. She has no memory or sense of identity, but comes home to live with them anyway. She asks Taku how they met and fell in love, and he recounts a tale of years of missed chances starting in high school until she encouraged their marriage years later. As the rainy season nears its end, Yuji finds the "time capsule" he hid with his mother before her death. Mio's diary is inside, and its ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 October 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Be with You See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Suwa, Nagano, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,616,207
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Yuko Takeuchi and Shido Nakamura got married in 2005 after shooting the film. Their marriage only last till 2006 and it ended in divorced. See more »

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Remade as Be with You (2018) See more »

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This six weeks miracle
18 April 2005 | by ngchihoSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie in cinema twice already, a thing I rarely do as most movie could be available in DVD very soon. But after I learned that the DVD only be available after 24/6 in Japan, I have no choice but to go see it again as the urge inside me is so strong. Every time when I think about the movie, I almost shed tears every time when I reasoning what a decision Mio had been made. It is such moving that I wish it will be happened in real life.

The second view was still amazing, despite that fact that I know the plot already. There are still a lot of subtle things which are hard to notice during the initial view but reveal to me now. Every single dialog of Mio talk to Takumi and Yuji during the latter half revealed a deeper meaning to me after I understand the rationale behind. But I wont give out the plot of Mio as I felt it is a shame or guilt to do so, people should watch it themselves, feel touched and moved and being heartwarmingly satisfied when the end credit rolls. Only thing I can reveal is that I have paid special attention of what Mio wear during her first appear…… I immediately search all the stores after first view and bought the sound track and the CD that contained "Hana" sung by the band Orange Range. I have watch the MV of Hana too that song is amazing and that the lyric meaning is so touching that I nearly cry when I watch the MV alone.

I recommend all who happen can come across with this movie to view it. It is not a movie to be missed. However the initial DVD produced in Japan have no other subtitle other than Japanese, which is bad as I want to sent a copy to my American friend. This film is indeed a miracle and should be seen by as many people as possible, not just Asian.


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