[ Directed by ]
[ Produced by ]
• MATSUHASHI Shinzo
• KOIKE Kentaro
[ Cast ]
• TAMAKI Hiroshi KUROYAMA Kazuki
• TAKANASHI Rin SASAKI Reiko
• KIMURA Fumino YAMAGUCHI Yukina
[ Staff ]
• Screenplay: HASHIBE Atsuko
• Cinematography: HASHIMOTO Naohiro
• Lighting: GOTO Kenichi
• Sound Recording: KURIHARA Kazuhiro
• Editor: KAWASE Isao
[ Production Company ]
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
WARNER BROS. PICTURES JAPAN
[ Production Studio ]
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Running Time: 106 min
Genre: Drama, Romance, Feature
Screening Format: DCP
Screen Size: American Vista (1:1.85)
Sound Processing: Linear PCM 5.1ch
Subtitle: English, Japanese
[ Story ]
Omnibus-style portrayal of love between 10 men and women, set at Tokyo Station just before Christmas. Directed by Motoki Katsuhide of
Tsuribaka Nisshi. Laden with romantic images shot on location at Tokyo Station, beautifully decorated for its centennial, and nearby landmarks.
Kazuki (Tamaki Hiroshi) doesn’t trust women, and Reiko (Takanashi Rin) struggles to achieve her dreams. Takumi (Higashide Masahiro) and Yukina (Kimura Fumino) have a long-distance relationship. Kotoko (Baisho Chieko) runs a cake shop near Tokyo Station. Poignant romance unfolds between men and women of different ages and from different backgrounds.
[ Official Site ]
In the imminence of Christmas, there are a joke of tears running parallel between joys and sorrows. There are two engaged couples to test from the fact of working in two distant cities. The little orphan who finds comfort in the orphanage’s teacher. The terminally ill father who’s speding the last months of life with his wife and little son. The successful manager who falls in love with a poor girl. And again, the old lady who finally understands the reasons of her lover of 49 years earlier and the young helper who decides to break the delay and declare to the man she loves.
Warner production synonymous with consumer products in the US and in Japan, lights and Christmas songs to the full, a recurring presence of the restored Tokyo station. No coincidence that the film was made to “commemorate”, the one hundred years of Tokyo station, the historic construction in brick outside and marble and ornaments inside restored to its original splendor after years of restoration.
Just the station as “protagonist” could be an opportunity to build a choral story of cross stories, steps and suggestions but unfortunately it remains only a building taken a few times in postcard style. The vicissitudes of the various characters take place on their own and outside the station, according to the most obvious cliches of the cheap melodrama. In one case, even, there is a “betrayal” of the “commemorative spirit” of the station, when in the final one of the protagonists is about to leave the city with a night bus.
The director Motoki Katsuhide made his debut by directing some episodes of the series Tsuribaka nisshi (the one with Nishida Toshiyuki, employee, and Mikuni Rentaro, president of the same company, both crazy for fishing) and then move to other titles that have not risen much from the standard initial. In 2012, then, he directed one of the four Films made on the occasion of the return from space after several years and several incidents of the Hayabusa spacecraft, an event that has greatly affected the Japanese collective imagination.
Also with regards to the actors, although there are various well-known names, there is not much to say. Tamaki Hiroshi confirms his profile as “ugly as it pleases”, Otsuka Nene performs his work flatly, while Baishō Chieko bringing his seventy-three years well, does not fit in the part of the pastry chef that evokes the love of the past. Takanashi Rin, protagonist of Like someone in love by Kiarostami, remembers at least for the freshness of the expression.
Heavily presented as the Japanese version of Love Actually (2003), the film was offered, so to speak, premiered at the last Tokyo Film Festival, which does not go much in honor of the festival itself.