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Ima, ai ni yukimasu (2004)

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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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Official Sites:

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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Speechlessly touching
29 August 2005 | by viclauyycSee all my reviews

This movie is amazingly touching. I do have some expectation before I watch the movie. When I finished it, it is clear that, this movie is way better than I expected.

The casting is excellent. Every character live in the world of the story. The actors are not acting in the movie. They live in it. The actor who play the role of the son , Yuji, is especially good. Some scenes with him are actually heartbreakingly good.

The movie might be a little slow for some audients. But I find it helps to build up the mood and draw the whole picture in detail. If you had read the plot of the movie, you might say, "yeah, good old story. I can tell how it ends". But I had to say, not till the last minute, you would not know the whole story.

The director and the playwright do an excellence job. Every detail had been take care of. The ending echoes the beginning. And the plot is as smooth as silk.

This movie is not about only about the love between two people. It is also love of family and one's will to face the fate. It may not be a masterpiece like Godfather. But I am sure this is one of the best Japanese movies I had seen in years, and I seen a lot. All in all, this is a heartwarming movie. It did not resolve the problem but it shows hope for tomorrow.

If you ask me if I like this movie. Sure I am. If not I will not spend times to write all this.


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