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Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku (2014)

Two troubled souls living on the fringes of a port town fall in love, but their trials are far from over.

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Mipo Oh

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Yasushi Satô (based on the novel by), Ryô Takada (screenplay)
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Gô Ayano ... Tatsuo Sato
Chizuru Ikewaki Chizuru Ikewaki ... Chinatsu Ohshiro
Masaki Suda ... Takuji Ohshiro
Kazuya Takahashi Kazuya Takahashi ... Nakajima
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ... Matsumoto
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Kazuko Oshiro
Taijirô Tamura Taijirô Tamura ... Taiji Oshiro
Eita Okuno Eita Okuno
Morio Akada Morio Akada
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In a Japanese port town, Tatsuo, a traumatized man, spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking himself to oblivion. Whiling his hours away at a pachinko parlor, he meets Takuji, a young man on parole who impulsively invites him to a shabby house on the outskirts of town. There, Tatsuo glimpses Takuji's bedridden father and callous mother, and meets his world-weary older sister Chinatsu. While immediately drawn to each other, romance is an unaffordable luxury for the emotionally closed-off Tatsuo and the disillusioned Chinatsu, who sells herself to provide for her family and keep her brother out of jail. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a relationship, the happy-go-lucky Takuji latches onto Tatsuo, binding their fates. Each step they take to build a better life sets off a chain of actions that have devastating consequences. Written by Sachiko

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Japanese

Release Date:

19 April 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Light Shines Only There See more »

Filming Locations:

Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

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Wilco Co. See more »
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Some people's realities
17 February 2018 | by nmegaheySee all my reviews

There are a few convenient encounters in Mipo O's The Light Shines Only There, but moored to a stark realism, an unconventional narrative approach and characterisation that is far from typical, it just has a way of making those narrative twists even more unsettling. Set in Hakodate in the remote north island of Hokkaido, Tatsuo has turned to heavy drinking and gambling as a means of blocking out a terrible event in his previous employment as a quarry miner. An encounter with the sister of Takuji, a guy he meets in a pachinko parlour, could however save Tatsuo from oblivion. Chinatsu's family affairs, her job at a squid factory, her love life and her ways of earning some extra money are hardly ideal, but such is In Tatsuo's position that you suspect he would willingly sacrifice illusions for some semblance of normality. Some people's realities however might be too hard for anyone to live with. If there are some characteristics that remind one of a Kinji Fukasaku wild youth movie, with even a slight gangster spin towards the conclusion, Mipo O's film applies real people to dramatic situations and shows the often brutal nature of life in the remotest regions of Japan.


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