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A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.

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Naomi Kawase

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Naomi Kawase (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Masatoshi Nagase ... Masaya Nakamori
Ayame Misaki ... Misako Ozaki
Tatsuya Fuji ... Kitabayashi / Juzo
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Yasuko Ozaki
Misuzu Kanno Misuzu Kanno ... Tomoko / Tokie
Mantarô Koichi Mantarô Koichi ... Akitoshi
Chihiro Ohtsuka Chihiro Ohtsuka ... Nakamori's Friend #1
Nobumitsu Ônishi Nobumitsu Ônishi ... Nakamori's Friend #2
Noémie Nakai ... Audiolocution Attending #1
Saori Saori ... Audiolocution Attending #2 (as Saori Koide)
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Storyline

At a firm specializing in creating audio descriptions for films to serve the visually impaired, a descriptive video transcriber comes to know one of the panel members who is a formerly successful photographer who has lost much of his eyesight. As the man loses his main mode of connecting with the world he also yields his other means away. The new acquaintanceship leads to man and woman coming to terms with their lives and professions and seeing the world in new ways. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 May 2017 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Esplendor See more »

Filming Locations:

Nara, Nara, Japan See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Somewhat underwhelming
9 April 2018 | by j-m-d-bSee all my reviews

Maybe my expectations were a bit too high after seeing Kawase's excellent An, but somehow this did not grip me as much. The story is decent, and the cinematography is good. The shots are pleasing, I would go so far as to call them loving. The music is not bad although a little melodramatic.

However the characters and story did not really pull me in, I did not get attached. It's not that I don't understand the minimalistic Asian approach, it's that I felt the performances were lacking, or the direction, or the editting... The whole thing just did not really gel for me.


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