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One Step on a Mine, It's All Over (1999)

Jirai wo fundara sayônara (original title)
A biographical film of war photographer, Taizo Ichinose.


Shô Igarashi


Toshiharu Maruuchi (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Taizo Ichinose
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chao Channary Chao Channary
Thorng Darachhaya Thorng Darachhaya ... Lookrew (Teacher)
Michiko Hada Michiko Hada ... Yoshino Ichinose
Jin Hirao Jin Hirao
Vo Song Huong Vo Song Huong ... Le Phan (waitress of cafe)
Yoshie Ichige ... Nobuko Ichinose
O-pas Janesomboom O-pas Janesomboom ... Channa
Pinyo Janesomboom Pinyo Janesomboom ... Sotta
Yûsuke Kawazu ... Seiji Ichinose
Mikiko Miki Mikiko Miki
Yukimasa Natori Yukimasa Natori
Peng Phan Peng Phan
Robert Slater Robert Slater ... Tim Hill
Ken'ichi Yajima Ken'ichi Yajima ... Lookrew (Teacher)


A biographical film of war photographer, Taizo Ichinose.

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You, have you truly lived your own life?)


Drama | War







Release Date:

4 December 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

One Step on a Mine, It's All Over See more »

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Occasionally moving portrait of a war photographer
6 March 2000 | by hugh_shanahanSee all my reviews

This is the story of a young Japanese photographer, Taizo Ichinose, who worked during the conflicts of Vietnam and Cambodia in the early 1970's. At the start of the movie, his only wish is to become a successful war photographer getting his photos on the front page of the New York Times etc.. He becomes increasingly obsessed with taking a photograph of Angkor Wat in North Eastern Cambodia, which was at that time held by the Khmer Rouge, initially as a means of acheiving the above, but it eventually becomes the goal itself. This is based on a true story, and I don't know what parts have been embellished but some of the elements of this movie has been well covered in other movies; battle scar'd war journalists, friendly locals, the outsider, the statutory beautiful Vietnamese woman etc. etc. Having said all that, I still enjoyed this movie, mostly because of Tadanobu Asano, who plays the lead role. He creates an intensely likable character; brave, genuine, curious (though not intrusive), intelligent, optimistic of human nature in the face of so much horror, able to learn and accept the diversity of the world. A hero for our time perhaps ? There's also some lovely shots of Angkor, which could be described as being to Asia what the Pyramids are to Africa.

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