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On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is ... See full summary »

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Miwa Nishikawa

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Odagiri ... Takeru Hayakawa
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Minoru Hayakawa
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Isamu Hayakawa
Hirofumi Arai ... Yohei Okajima
Yôko Maki Yôko Maki ... Chieko Kawabata
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Akihito Maruo
Mayumi Tenkô Mayumi Tenkô ... Chieko's mother
Mayu Kitaki Mayu Kitaki
Hiroyuki Onoe Hiroyuki Onoe
Seiki Miura Seiki Miura
Hotaru Mizusawa Hotaru Mizusawa
Mika Ishimura Mika Ishimura
Tamae Andô Tamae Andô
Akiko Mutô Akiko Mutô
Kagetora Miura Kagetora Miura
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On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is more than just a trek home. Old relationships, love, conflicts and memories resurface and collide. Apparently, old perspectives don't wither. Written by aghaemi

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Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sway See more »

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If you understood Rashômon, you'll love Yureru
23 February 2009 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

There may have been a film even earlier, but I think Kurosawa's "Rashômon" (1950) was the first film to delve deep into the twisted convolutions of human perception. Take a sensational event and study how different witnesses will remember it, often in complete conflict with each other, due to selfishness, pride or willful ignorance. Gilligan's Island did this a few times, too.

I think Yureru went one step beyond Rashômon (and maybe even beyond Gilligan), because in this film the witnesses are dynamic, fickle in their perceptions, and their own memories are prone to wild swings of "truth" to the point that they themselves aren't sure of what truth really is. Is that what the title "Sway" means? It sure seems to fit.

I wouldn't recommend this film to everyone due to its heavy, ponderous nature, but certainly if you're a fan of Kurosawa's work... or a student of Kant ...or you stay up sleepless nights wondering if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it does it make a sound... then by all means watch this film.

Soundtrack is groovy. Images are artistically & beautifully shot. Editing is very suspenseful to those who are paying attention. The final 10 seconds are brilliant--one of the most memorable and powerful conclusions I've seen in a long while.


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