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Kôhî jikô (2003)

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Plot Description
Shooting Locations

Release Date
• USA: Oct 16, 2004
• UK: 4 Nov 2004

Official Website:
Kôhî jikô Website

Running Time
1 hour, 48 minutes

Country Japan, Taiwan

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• Coffee Jikou

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Genre: Drama

Plot: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, one of China's greatest filmmakers, honors the memory of the great Yasujiro Ozu in the beautiful CAFÉ LUMIERE. Like Ozu, Hou tries to capture honesty and reality in the film, which stars pop idol Yo Hitoto as Yoko, a young woman who makes her way through life almost casually, not letting anything get her too upset or too excited. She regularly visits Hajime (Tadanobu Asano) at his small bookstore, where he orders books and CDs especially for her; she has a particular interest in the Chinese composer Jiang Ewn-Ye. She returns home to visit her stepmother (Kimiko Yo) and father (Nenji Kobayashi), who care about her and love her but never take interest in her life. In fact, the characters in the film prefer superficial relationships, that may have some meaning but are not very deep. Yoko seems happiest, or at least most at home, when she's on a train, heading somewhere else; she's never quite content in the moment itself. Hou's film is gorgeous to watch, with long, well-framed shots featuring natural sound and lighting. The story plays out slowly, mimicking real life, with little artifice. There are no big crescendos or dirty secrets unfolding, just a charming, compelling tale about everyday characters doing everyday things.

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 Directed by
Hsiao-hsien Hou
Qianxi manbo, Zui hao de shi guang, Zui hao de shi guang
 Written by
Hsiao-hsien Hou
Raise the Red Lantern, Qianxi manbo, Zui hao de shi guang
T'ien-wen Chu
Qianxi manbo, Zui hao de shi guang, Zui hao de shi guang
Tadanobu Asano
Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi, Taboo (Gohatto)
Masato Hagiwara
Cure, Go, The Yin Yang Master
Kimiko Yo
Suicide Circle, Tokyo Tower
Nenji Kobayashi
The Twilight Samurai, Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume, Maakusu no yama
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