2003   Japan Vibrator
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Director:Ryuichi Hiroki
Studio:Nippon Shuppan Hanbai (Nippan) K.K.
Writer:Mari Akasaka, Haruhiko Arai
IMDb Rating:6.9 (498 votes)
Awards:21 wins
Duration:95 min
Ryuichi Hiroki  ...  (Director)
Mari Akasaka, Haruhiko Arai  ...  (Writer)
Shinobu Terajima  ...  Rei Hayakawa
Nao Ohmori  ...  Takatoshi
Riho Makise  ...  
Jun Murakami  ...  
Eugene Nomura  ...  
Miki Sakajou  ...  
Tomorowo Taguchi  ...  
Eriko Takayanagi  ...  
Masahiro Toda  ...  
Hikaru Ishikawa  ...  Composer
Kazuhiro Suzuki  ...  Cinematographer
Ryuichi Hiroki  ...  Editor
Summary: Adapted from Mari Akasaka's novel, the film follows Rei, a woman so divorced from her environment that the only sensation she feels is the vibration from her cell phone. Rei is consumed by her own thoughts and her own inability to deal with everyday matters. A chance meeting with a truck driver, Okabe, allows Rei to embark on an intimate road trip.

The confines of a truck cab liberate Rei from her own claustrophobic obsessions and allow her to make contact with another person. Here we see interior and exterior motivations released as the two wrestle with the confusion of knowing what they do not want, but knowing less what they do want.

Vibrator is a beautiful film that follows the internal dialogue and thoughts of two people connecting intimately, possibly for the very first time. Although the film takes place in the confines of a truck cab the two are also traversing the Japanese countryside. The dichotomy between wide-open space and internal thoughts is deliberate. Vibrator is an extremely slow moving film that remains riveting throughout with its honest and intimate look at two individuals. Both actors are brilliant; Shinobu Terajima plays Rei Hayakawa, while Nao Omori (Ichi from Miike’s Ichi the Killer) is Takatoshi.

Director Ryuichi Hiroki is a master of low-budget, thought provoking and intriguing films

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