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Câinele Japonez (2013)

When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Costache
... Ticu
Laurentiu Lazar ... Mayor
Ioana Abur ... Gabi
Kana Hashimoto ... Hiroku (as Kana Hshimoto)
Toma Hashimoto ... Paul Koji
Alexandrina Halic ... Leanca
Constantin Draganescu ... Danila
Emilia Dobrin ... Danila's wife
... Ghita
Doru Ana ... Electrician manager
... Architect
Mihai Chirila ... Architect
Ion Bechet ... Priest
Chinez Mihail Petru ... Raducu (as Mihai Petru Chinez)
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When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. He has plans to re-build and refuses help and advice from his neighbors. The village is all he has left, except for an estranged son now living in Tokyo. But when his son Ticu hears of his mother's death and father's plight, he arrives unexpectedly with his Japanese wife and son to bring Costache back home with him. This will not be simple. Ticu fled Romania with many issues left unresolved, the biggest being his relationship with his father. Now there is a whole new family for Costache to deal with, old scores to settle, and painful goodbyes to say. Written by Cleveland International Film Festival

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Toma Hashimoto, who plays the son of Kana Hashimoto in the movie, is also her son in real life. They both live in Bucharest and, in contrast with the movie, he is fluent in Romanian and had trouble with his Japanese lines. See more »

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Better than expected, but still boring
6 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

A few days in the life of an old guy living in rural Romania. Not a clever idea for a movie... to say it gently. No matter how good of an actor Victor Rebengiuc is, he simply can't make a good movie all by himself. This movie was doomed to fail from the start, the screenplay being the main cause. Yes I get that the action isn't so important, the characters and the father-son relationship being the focus, but you can still make things a little more interesting. Truth be told, it does have a few nice scenes... when Costache and Koji look at the pictures and when Costache gets drunk for example. Sadly though, these scenes don't make up for an overall boring movie. At least it has a somewhat conclusive ending, which is more than enough for a romanian movie.


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