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All Around Us (2008)

Gururi no koto (original title)
In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather ... See full summary »

Director:

Ryosuke Hashiguchi

Writers:

Ryosuke Hashiguchi (based upon the novel), Ryosuke Hashiguchi (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Lily Franky ... (as Lily Frankie)
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masaaki Akahori Masaaki Akahori
Tamae Andô Tamae Andô
Hirofumi Arai
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô
Noriko Eguchi Noriko Eguchi
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto
Yuki Enomoto Yuki Enomoto
Kôjun Itô Kôjun Itô
Shûko Itô Shûko Itô
Eri Iwamoto Eri Iwamoto
Ryô Kase
Reiko Kataoka Reiko Kataoka
Akiko Kikuchi Akiko Kikuchi
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In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather laid-back style and Shoko works in a small publishing firm. Their home life is marked by some clashes between her attempts at regimentation, including scheduling their sex life on a calendar, and his flirting with other women. Kanao is offered work as a courtroom sketch artist and becomes a witness to the most sensational murder trials of Japan through the next 8 years. He must cope with the ugliness and breakdown in civility he encounters. Shoko also re-discovers her artistic side as she confronts the dark side of life when struggling with depression over the loss of a child and the dysfunctional aspects of the lives of her mother and brother. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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I don't feel amazed
27 February 2015 | by citronellaaSee all my reviews

Unlike this director/writer's past work, which I have been a fan of, this film I found quite lacklustre. The characters and script, from the beginning, can be disappointing, shameless, crude, negative. The aesthetics are not fantastic - plain looking interiors of offices, restaurants.

There wasn't much of the magic tenderness I have seen in past films, more of the disappointing and flawed realities. I couldn't relate to the characters.

The storyline is not dazzlingly original, nor particularly happy.

Lacking something magic, lacking something beautiful.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 June 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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