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Rakuen (1998)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shinji Arano Shinji Arano ... Shinji
Miwako Kawai Miwako Kawai ... Hitomi
Reiko Matsuo Reiko Matsuo ... Suzue
Fukuo Sudo Fukuo Sudo ... Fukuo
Nobuyoshi Tanigawa Nobuyoshi Tanigawa ... Suzue's grand father
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 September 1998 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise Sea See more »

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Enchanting film
23 July 2005 | by littlemissknowitallSee all my reviews

Well, this won't be my useful commentary ever, as I'm afraid it's been awhile. I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was one of my favorite films that year. It is a gentle and enchanting meditation on grief and change. (I think I saw it within a day of Hirokazu Kore-Eda's After Life, which may say something about the themes that cropped up in the festival that year).

The actors (whom, if I recall correctly were not professionals) are wonderful, acting with little dialogue, but conveying all the myriad emotions they need to. Visually, the film is beautiful. A disillusioned young man joins a grief-stricken older man in building a traditional boat. Seems simple, and it is outwardly, but like any journey of emotional healing there's a lot going on under the surface. I recommend it, and giving yourself over to it.


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