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Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014)

Sayonara kabukichô (original title)
Over one day at this love hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo - where guests have the choice of staying for a short time or overnight - the dreams and desires of these characters intersect while aspiring for something greater.


Ryuichi Hiroki




Credited cast:
Shôta Sometani ... Toru Takahashi
Atsuko Maeda ... Saya Iijima, Toru's girlfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy 5tion Roy 5tion ... Chonsu An
Asuka Hinoi Asuka Hinoi ... Miyu Takahashi, Toru's little sister
Aoba Kawai ... Rikako Fujita, Detective
Na-ra Lee ... Lee He-Na (as Eun-woo Lee)
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yasuo Ikezawa, Friend of Kiriko Kashiwagi
Kaho Minami ... Kiriko Kashiwagi alias Satomi Suzuki
Tomu Miyazaki Tomu Miyazaki ... Ryuhei Shinshino, company of the Detective
Jun Murakami ... Salaryman
Nao Ohmori ... Kazuki Tanaka, Music Producer
Shûgo Oshinari Shûgo Oshinari ... Masaya Hayase
Tomorô Taguchi ... Masashi Kubota, Manager of Juicy Fruits
Miwako Wagatsuma Miwako Wagatsuma ... Hinako Fukumoto


Centred around a love hotel in the Kabukicho district of Tokyo, Japan, the lives, dreams and times of a myriad of characters who are guests comes to the fore. There is the sex and the lust, there is the libido and the cheating and then there is the backstories and circumstances of the young and old who book a room or who work at the hotel. Written by aghaemi

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Drama | Romance


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Insightful & Vibrant
12 October 2014 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Relationships fall apart, or become stronger, when dalliances and alternate lives are uncovered. This insightful and vibrant film explores the connections, both tenuous and binding, between a variety of couples who enter the Tokyo underworld. A red-light district hotel manager confronts two unexpected and shocking guests, a Korean escort underestimates the strength of love, and fugitives from justice spar with detectives with secrets of their own that they wish to keep under earth. The film delves into the secret lives of the characters with combined humor and seriousness. It is a difficult task, yet the director manages it deftly. The emotional impact is created in part by hand-held camera work. I am not usually a fan of this, yet here it works extremely well. Some touching film themes revolve around how much we are willing to fight for our partners and how far we are willing to go in letting them make their own choices. "Every one of your little gestures," a woman tells her boyfriend at a possible point of no return "meant so much to me." I see much of my life in each of the characters, and that is part of the beauty of this film. I felt like I entered the life of each character and was not simply watching them. Seen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Release Date:

24 January 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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