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Megane (2007)

Taeko is a stressed career woman who leaves her life in the city for an island vacation. The vacation does not become what she expected as everyone on the island is strange.

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Naoko Ogigami

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Naoko Ogigami
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Cast

Credited cast:
Satomi Kobayashi Satomi Kobayashi ... Taeko
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... Haruna
Ryo Kase ... Yomogi (as Ryô Kase)
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Yuji
Masako Motai ... Sakura
Hiroko Yakushimaru Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Taeko's friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Ken ... Koji
Yukiko Tachibana Yukiko Tachibana
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Taeko is a stressed career woman who leaves her life in the city for an island vacation. The vacation does not become what she expected as everyone on the island is strange.

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Japanese

Release Date:

22 September 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Briller See more »

Filming Locations:

Yoron Island, Okinawa, Japan

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Referenced in 'Megane' kôkai kinen tokubetsu bangumi (2007) See more »

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Charming simple story with a whiff of mystery
6 April 2008 | by raseczSee all my reviews

An easygoing film that is as satisfying as a refreshing sea breeze during a summer night at the beach. Impeccably done and acting that is superbly measured.

The location is a small island near Okinawa. White sandy beaches and paradisaical transparent waters. A woman flies in and walks to a guest house near a beach. The place, called Hamada, is not easy to find but she does. It's Spring. Off-season. Hamada is operating but the woman is the only guest. The place is run by a cheery and nononsense man that is also the cook. Other characters include an older enigmatic woman that comes to help and a young teacher at a local school. We don't learn a lot about who these people are. This is fine for it lends a whiff of mystery, especially regarding the older woman.

The film is primarily about the transformation of the young woman as she is drawn into the unhurried atmosphere that permeates the island and Hamada. She slowly succumbs to the local habits.

Despite its slowness, it is never boring. Plenty of whimsical offbeat humor to keep us going. Also plenty of food on display. By the end I was hungry.


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