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Until the Lights Come Back (2005)

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Directer:Takashi Minamoto  Producer:Miyako Araki, Yoshihiro Suzuki   

Writter:Takashi Minamoto Cinematography:Tetsuo Nagata Running time:132 min   Country:Japan  Language:Japanese Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English/
Starring:
Tsuyoshi Abe - Dong-dong, Chikage Awashima, Tomoyo Harada - Saeki''s wife,
Kanata Hongo - Shota, Haruka Igawa - Misuzo, Yu Kashii - Maiko, Koji Kikkawa - Gingi,
Tomoko Tabata - Nozomi, Tomorowo Taguchi - Saeki, Shinobu Terajima - Reiko,
Etsushi Toyokawa - Shinichi, Ken Utsui

 

   


Plot
With his telescope fixed on Tokyo''s snow-filled skies, 14-year-old Shota (Kanata Hongo), sees a woman, Maiko (Yu Kashii), leap from the roof of a nearby hospital. Fortunately, she simply lands on the next rooftop but, seeing she''s obviously distraught, Shota seeks to visit the hospital.
At the same facility, Saeki (Tomorowo Taguchi) is visiting his dying father (Tomoyo Harada). Dad drops a double deathbed bombshell that not only was Saeki the product of an extramarital affair but also his supposedly dead mother is alive and living in Tokyo. Dad makes the confession because he wants to see his true love one more time before he croaks.
Saeki has marital problems of his own: In addition to his wife (Tomoyo Harada) filling out divorce papers, his mistress, Misuzu (Haruka Igawa), won''t let go. She arranges to meet Saeki in their regular hotel, where Chinese bellboy Dong-dong (Tsuyoshi Abe) is finishing his shift before catching a latenight flight to Shanghai to see his g.f. for Christmas.
Elsewhere, pregnant Reiko (Shinobu Terajima) is confronted by the return of her former lover, Ginji (Koji Kikkawa), who''s just been released from a six-year prison stretch.
Last but not least, lonely bar owner Shinichi (Etsushi Toyogawa) waits in vain for an ex-lover who''s married someone else. Shinichi''s forlorn manner is observed by the adoring Nozomi (Tomoko Tabata), who manages a candle shop in the same alley.
When a crashing satellite shuts down the Tokyo electrical system, the darkness provides each of these Tokyo-ites an opportunity to reveal their innermost feelings.
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User Reviews

Nice and sentimental little film about lost love in Tokyo.

by roeschter (Munich)
A nice and very sentimental film about love and live in Tokyo displayed before the background of a power failure on the night of Dec 23rd in Tokyo. The theme is not new, nor is the implementation in the form of intertwining story lines. Despite the obvious lack of new ideas the result is quite pleasing. What you can expect are a set of nicely displayed characters acting in a calm atmosphere of people suddenly coming to rest from there busy lives due the breakdown of public live after the power failure. Unlike contemporary American movies there are few melodramatic moments. The stories told do not really climax and typical for Japanese storytelling have an ambivalent ending with only one happy end and some open threads, which are up for the audience to conclude. Characters displayed are a nice sample of Tokyo life, having so much in common with the people I meet every day in this crazy town that I felt immediately comfortable with the setting. The acting is good, which in this case means it is hardly noticeable and the characters are very believable. Every character in the movies has to clean up a bit of his love life, finally realizing that relationships have ended, accepting facts of live that have changed or tying up threads of live from a remote past. We are mostly told about old love and shattered illusions. New love is only hinted on and it adds to the overall mood of the film that the audience is left to imagine where it might lead to.

I watched the the film on a flight back from Tokyo on Dec 23rd, which is the day of the year the plot of the film is supposed to take place on. Being in a bit of a sentimental Christmas mood the film did not fail to show the intended effect on me.


 

 

 


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