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April 25, 2012
With death a central focus, so much is revealed about the Japanese character. It could be used in college course. The contrasting moods of this movie, it covers all emotions. All characters were so convincing where one could identify with them. The rage of a parent when a daughter has been killed by a boyfriend's cycle accident, who could not feel that.
July 08, 2011
I just discovered this wonderful film, I watched it three times in two days and found all sort of meanings. Every frame was a masterpiece. I am going to add it to my foreign collection which had Cinema Paridiso at the top. Now it's a tie.
August 30, 2009
I absolutely loved this movie.
July 19, 2009
Beautiful, funny, incredible.... definatly deserving of best picture..don't miss this one!!
July 18, 2009
Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted. It took a dark subject and gave it a smattering of beauty and dignity.
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The Hollywood Reporter
Yojiro Takita, who directed enduring commercial hits like "The Ying Yang Master" and "The Yen Family," has made a popular gem -- thematically respectable, technically hard to fault, artfully scripted to entertain and touch. Full Review
The New York Times
Overlong, predictable in its plotting and utterly banal in its blending of comic whimsy and melodramatic pathos. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
The film manages to be anything but dark; whimsy and sweet irony are laced throughout, a warmhearted blend that turned it into the surprise winner of 2008's Oscar for foreign-language film. Full Review
Though events unravel predictably, the film is profoundly affecting, thanks to a well-written story, rich characters and superlative acting. Full Review
TV scribe Kundo Koyama's first bigscreen script peppers the proceedings with rich character detail and near-screwball interludes that shouldn't fit but somehow do. Full Review