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Deaths in Tokimeki (1984)

Tokimeki ni shisu (original title)
An emotionless hit man is sent on a mission to a remote town. There he stays with a caretaker / driver / servant / doctor who is given minimal instruction over the phone by "the ... See full summary »

Director:

Yoshimitsu Morita

Writers:

Kenji Maruyama (novel), Yoshimitsu Morita
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenji Sawada Kenji Sawada ... Naoya Kudo
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Hiromi Kozue
Naoki Sugiura Naoki Sugiura ... Yosuke Okura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haruko Katô Haruko Katô ... Otae-san
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Swimmer
Takeshi Kusaka Takeshi Kusaka ... Nakayama
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Owner at an inn
Shigeru Yazaki Shigeru Yazaki ... Shinjo
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An emotionless hit man is sent on a mission to a remote town. There he stays with a caretaker / driver / servant / doctor who is given minimal instruction over the phone by "the organization." A prostitute joins them. Death is inevitable, but whose? Written by drealmer

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 February 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Deaths in Tokimeki See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New Century Producers See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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a study in icy abstraction
13 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This cool, detached Japanese drama risks being pigeonholed as a mystery simply because it never fully explains what exactly is happening. By downplaying the (already negligible) plot and working in brief, reticent episodes the film becomes an infuriating (some would say pretentious) labyrinth, full of odd twists, turns, and too many dead ends, but always moving toward an unknown but inevitable conclusion. It begins when a strange, dispassionate (almost comatose) young man arrives in a quiet country villa, where his nervous host is given anonymous instructions to attend to his guest's every need. Exactly what the stranger is hiding from or waiting for only becomes clear in the final few scenes, when a popular (and likewise unidentified) cult figure visits the town on a scheduled tour. After all the intrigue and anticipation the final piece of the puzzle can't help but come as a letdown, but the complete picture is nevertheless unsettling and haunting, however much it strains the viewer's patience.


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