7.1/10
343
2 user 15 critic

Sad Vacation (2007)

Kenji, abandoned by his mother, scrapes out a meager existence doing odd jobs including driving bar hostesses and their customers home. Besides this he takes care of the sister of an old ... See full summary »

Director:

Shinji Aoyama

Writers:

Shinji Aoyama (screenplay), Shinji Aoyama (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Yurîka (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki
Mizu no onna (2002)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Hidenori Sugimori
Stars: Ua, Tadanobu Asano, Hikaru
Tôkyô kôen (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Haruma Miura, Nana Eikura, Manami Konishi
Helpless (1996)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ken Mitsuishi, Yôichirô Saitô
Backwater (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cannes Film Festival winner Shinji Aoyama creates a chilling atmosphere in this adaptation of an award-winning novel. A young man tries to fight the deadly influence of his violent, abusive... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Masaki Suda, Yûko Tanaka, Ken Mitsuishi
Ôbâ fensu (2016)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A recently divorced and traumatized man moves to Hakodate, Hokkaido and attends a vocational college to learn carpentry along with several other students who are in the same boat as he. ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Yû Aoi, Shôta Matsuda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Shinji Aoyama, Hajime Hashimoto, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Eiichirô Funakoshi, Hyunri, Yoshihiro Kai
Desert Moon (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Nagai, a software industry expert is an absolute slave to his work. It is no wonder that his personal life is a complete mess. His wife and daughter left him but he has kept a camera with him to preserve their memory.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Maho Toyota, Shûji Kashiwabara
Ohikkoshi (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Renko, a girl in the sixth grade, is at first unperturbed by her parents' decision to separate. With the companionship of her boyfriend, Minoru, and Sally, a classmate in the same boat, ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Sômai
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Junko Sakurada, Tomoko Tabata
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Arata Iura, Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Ken Mitsuishi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kenji Shiraishi
Kaori Fujimitsu Kaori Fujimitsu
Eri Ishida Eri Ishida ... Chiyoko Mamiya
Yuka Itaya Yuka Itaya ... Saeko Shiina
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Kijima
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Yusuke Mamiya
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Shigeo
Aoi Miyazaki ... Kozue Tamura
Katsuo Nakamura ... Shigeki Mamiya
Joe Odagiri ... Goto
Yôichirô Saitô Yôichirô Saitô ... Akihiko
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Sone
Kosuke Toyohara Kosuke Toyohara ... Kawashima
Maho Toyota Maho Toyota ... Makimura
Kaori Tsuji Kaori Tsuji ... Yuri Matsumura
Edit

Storyline

Kenji, abandoned by his mother, scrapes out a meager existence doing odd jobs including driving bar hostesses and their customers home. Besides this he takes care of the sister of an old friend in jail and a young illegal immigrant. But his life reaches a turning point when he happens to meet Chiyoko, his long lost mother. She is now married to Mamiya, the owner of an express package delivery service. They also have a teenage son, Yusuke. Subdued feelings of alarm, discomfort and resentment between Chiyoko, Kenji, and his half brother Yusuke hide underneath and are seemingly caused by the inseparable blood ties that seem to wield control over everyone's destiny. Is blood that powerful? What exactly defines a mother or a father? While Kenji struggles with these questions and attempts to escape his fate, Chiyoko seems content to let these issues unfold and find a solution. Where will it ultimately lead them? Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 September 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Szomorú vakáció See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows Helpless (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sad Vacation
Performed by Johnny Thunders
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sad departure from the glory of Eureka
27 July 2008 | by benemySee all my reviews

Having been literally astounded at the glory and beauty of Aoyama's film "yurika" I was very much looking forward to Sad Vacation. I ended up at the Oslo International Film Festival with a free ticket and 2 friends who wanted to watch My Blueberry Nights. I managed to convince them to watch Sad Vacation.

There I sat in the darkness of the cinema watching a film unfold that had some stark moments of beauty (when tadanobu floats down the river) and some great shots. However, the film seemed muddled, over-thought out, incoherent. The stories crossed over, the explanations were not always complete.

The ending happened to be one of the silliest and most bizarre things ever witnessed on film, which is perhaps the reason for it, but it didn't seem like a fitting end to me.

Overall I would not rate this as a bad movie. Its just that when you have seen what Aoyama is capable of it feels like he betrays you a little. Perhaps thats down to high expectations, perhaps you are hoping for another "eureka".. perhaps.

All I know is that this film didn't capture me. I doubt very much I would give it a second viewing either because there was nothing that drew me back to it after I had seen it.

Let it just drift on as a forgotten movie by a fantastically talented director who hopefully pulls up his socks and knocks us out with the next one.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed