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A Stranger of Mine (2005)

Unmei janai hito (original title)
In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still ... See full summary »

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Kenji Uchida

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Kenji Uchida
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yasuhi Nakamura Yasuhi Nakamura ... Takeshi Miyata
Reika Kirishima Reika Kirishima ... Maki Kuwata
Sô Yamanaka Sô Yamanaka ... Yusuke Kanda
Yuka Itaya Yuka Itaya ... Ayumi Kurata
Kisuke Yamashita Kisuke Yamashita ... Asai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Sakuma Hiroshi Sakuma ... (as Kanehiro Ri)
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Storyline

In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still mourning the loss of his girlfriend, Ayumi and is lured from his apartment when his childhood friend, the detective Yusuke Kanda, telephones invoking Ayumi's name. Arriving late at the appointed restaurant, Kanda says Ayumi is getting married and chides Miyata over not finding a new girlfriend. He then spontaneously invites a solitary diner, Maki, to join them. Although she is silently vowing to be alone because of bitterness over her engagement being broken just the day before, she quickly agrees. Kanda makes a sudden exit, leaving his friend to contend with the despondent and homeless girl. The two return to his apartment, but as Ayumi appears wanting some of her things she left behind, Maki says she must leave. Meanwhile, Miyata remains oblivious to the fact that both Kanda and Ayumi are being ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 January 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Stranger of Mine See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,712
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Production Co:

Imagica, Nikkatsu, Pia See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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26 July 2009 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

"Unmei ja nai Hito" (S/He's not the one) or "A Stranger of Mine" is a movie where a series of events in one night is unfolded in the perspectives of five main characters: A gullible salaryman, a woman who just found out her fiancé is cheating on her, a detective who's the salaryman's best friend, a female con artist, and a yakuza boss.

The story development is excellent. Even though same events are played out over and over again, we learn more and more each time, with frequent comedic reliefs to keep us interested. One twist follows another, and summarized very well in the end. The scenario is carefully designed without obvious plot holes.

Acting is wonderful, and it was very easy for me to sympathize with the main characters. Not only it was very funny, this film was very deep, makes you think how much could be going on around you without you knowing about it. Definitely worth watching.


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