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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:

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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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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Best movie of 2005. Should have won a Best Foreign Film Nomination.
18 March 2006 | by Dalazen_JuniorSee all my reviews

Let me say right from the start - this may be the BEST motion picture I've ever seen in my life. It's a shame Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu wasn't recognized by the Academy in 2005, this should have been the front runner for Best Foreign Picture of that year, and it should have won the Oscar. A beautifully well crafted love story, this is the typical case of a film that has all the elements working for it, wonderful cast (the actor who played Taku, the widower, gives an outstanding performance. Along with Paddy Considine, an actor that took my heart away in Jim Sheridan's In America, the actor who portrays Taku is also a revelation in a breakthrough performance; also my respects for the child actor who plays the kid and the actress who plays the deceased mother who comes back in raining season), great story, sad and touching moments that will make you cry like a baby and one hell of a soundtrack.


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