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Switching - Goodbye Me (2007)

Tenkôsei: Sayonara anata (original title)
A Japanese boy and girl meet again at 15 at school after many years apart. They magically switch bodies. They are forced to switch lives as well.

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Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

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Shirô Ishimori (screenplay), Wataru Kenmochi (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Misako Renbutsu ... Kazumi
Naoyuki Morita Naoyuki Morita ... Kazuo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takuro Atsuki Takuro Atsuki
Hiroshi Hiroshi
Hiroshi Inuzuka Hiroshi Inuzuka
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi
Yûko Kotegawa Yûko Kotegawa
Shunsuke Kubozuka Shunsuke Kubozuka
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato
Misa Shimizu
Jô Shishido ... (as Joe Shishido)
Tomorô Taguchi
Koto Takagi Koto Takagi
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Storyline

After his parent's divorce, Kazuo Saito moves with his mother from Onomichi and must leave his girlfriend behind. At his new school, Kazuo is surprised to reunite with his childhood friend Kazumi. "Remember I kissed you, saying I'll marry you when we're grown ups?" He feels embarrassed around Kazumi, who talks about their early childhood stories without any reserve. Kazumi has a boyfriend named Hiroshi Yamamoto. Kazuo is annoyed with Hiroshi's attitude, but with Kazumi, they naturally start to get comfortable with each other again just like old times. Kazumi's family runs a long-standing sob noodle restaurant. Her very lively, Japanese family consists of her parents, her grandfather, and a very young niece. She has one older brother who lives away in Tokyo. One day, Kazumi invites Kazuo to her house. After talking about old times, they walk to a place from their childhood called the "Lonely Watering Place". "Kazuo, the water here is very good. That's why our sob noodles also taste so ... Written by racer-man

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Japanese

Release Date:

23 June 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Remake of I Are You, You Am Me (1982) See more »

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An impression
17 May 2008 | by yusinoSee all my reviews

As a 38 years old man, I have seen some classic movies and I enjoyed most of them. Chaplin, Ford, Ozu, Kurosawa, Fellini, Kubrick, Jarmusch, Miyazaki... I cannot describe how deeply I got influenced by their movies. But.

You may say I am too sentimental in my nature (like those other Asian, I am Japanese by the way) to leave comments about movies here on IMDb. For example, I much prefer Chaplin's movies to Keaton's. That may tell you something. But.

I even saw the original Tenkosei movie. And I understand many people say that the original is 'more attractive to film lovers' or 'better acted'. But. Still.

"Tenkosei: Sayonara Anata" is one of the best films I have ever seen. Or frankly speaking, this movie tops them all. This movie gave me indescribably profound emotion. This is not just about boy-meets-girl-and-they-switch-their-bodies show. This movie rather reaches me like a matter of 'why we are ourselves' and 'why we love someone', the motif similar to "La Strada".

I have no idea why I say things stupid like 'the best movie of all-time in the whole wide world' in the 21st century. There is no common ground for us all any more, and never a universal sense of value even within myself. Or maybe there is. Because there used to be there and some of them might be able to remain. I slightly sensed that the tears I shed (awful lot) all through the last half of the movie were a bit childish. As a child I cried. Director Obayashi here talks to us as children, who got ripped from mothers' bodies, being in love with ourselves, and will be in love with someone else. Anyway "Tenkosei: Sayonara Anata" deals with birth and death, and more importantly, to grow up. The universal theme, I think.

However I really understand why many people do not appreciate this movie. Unlike the early Tenkosei movie which gained many applause, this re-make has a lot of weakness. Expect other people to name the list, I only say those weakness did not bother me at all because 'the universal theme' in the latter half of the movie was so powerful. This powerfulness did not exist in the early version of the movie, rarely in other movies, too.

This is just my impression of the movie. I write this because the movie worths more exposure.


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