Unmei janai hito   2005   Japan A Stranger of Mine
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Director:Kenji Uchida
Writer:Kenji Uchida
IMDb Rating:7.7 (504 votes)
Awards:11 wins & 1 nomination
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration:98 min
Kenji Uchida  ...  (Director)
Kenji Uchida  ...  (Writer)
Yasuhi Nakamura  ...  Takeshi Miyata
Reika Kirishima  ...  Maki Kuwata
Sô Yamanaka  ...  Yusuke Kanda
Yuka Itaya  ...  Ayumi Kurata
Kisuke Yamashita  ...  Asai
Hiroshi Sakuma  ...  
Mitsuharu Ishibashi  ...  Composer
Keiichiro Inoue  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: This is one of those films that uses the device of repeating scenes from different perspectives to embellish a simple story and it does it in spectacular fashion. There are a couple lonely hearts, a couple con artists and a very well-mannered Yakusa boss who all intermingle over the course of one evening and a suitcase full of money. The scene where the Yakusa boss hiding under a bed sees only the shy dance of feet of the initial interaction between the two lonely hearts that we had seen earlier from a different perspective is one of the most hilarious and sweet scenes I've witnessed in a while. It's all handled in a lighthearted and charming manner. The film is chuckle friendly all the way through and the whole cast is perfect. Very highly recommended.

Summary: In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still mourning the loss of his girlfriend, Ayumi and is lured from his apartment when his childhood friend, the detective Yusuke Kanda, telephones invoking Ayumi's name. Arriving late at the appointed restaurant, Kanda says Ayumi is getting married and chides Miyata over not finding a new girlfriend. He then spontaneously invites a solitary diner, Maki, to join them. Although she is silently vowing to be alone because of bitterness over her engagement being broken just the day before, she quickly agrees. Kanda makes a sudden exit, leaving his friend to contend with the despondent and homeless girl. The two return to his apartment, but as Ayumi appears wanting some of her things she left behind, Maki says she must leave. Meanwhile, Miyata remains oblivious to the fact that both Kanda and Ayumi are being threatened by Asai, a Yakusa mob boss, and his mob over the disappearance of the "money" from Asai's safe.

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