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Eureka (2000)

Yurîka (original title)
The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director:

Shinji Aoyama

Writer:

Shinji Aoyama

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Makoto Sawai
Aoi Miyazaki ... Kozue Tamura
Masaru Miyazaki Masaru Miyazaki ... Naoki Tamura
Yôichirô Saitô Yôichirô Saitô ... Akihiko
Sayuri Kokushô Sayuri Kokushô ... Yumiko
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Shigeo
Gô Rijû Gô Rijû ... Busjack Man
Yutaka Matsushige ... Matsuoka
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Yoshiyuki Sawai
Kimie Shingyôji Kimie Shingyôji ... Mito Tamura
Denden ... Yoshida
Eihi Shiina ... Keiko Kôno
Yûji Nakamura Yûji Nakamura ... Hiroki Tamura
Eimei Esumi Eimei Esumi ... Seiji Sawai
Yôko Noma Yôko Noma ... Kiyoko Sawai
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The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 November 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eureka See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$49,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,388
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Sound Mix:

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main inspiration for the film was the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Makoto Sawai: Do you think one can live only for others?
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Ghosts/First Variation
Written by Albert Ayler
Performed by Albert Ayler
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Err, yes it's too long
21 July 2002 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Some people have a disliking for Japanese cinema because the movies tend to be slow paced, minimalistic. If you're one of them - skip EUREKA is all you need to know. The movie moves along at a snail's pace on Sunday - at 90 minutes most movies are just coming to their explosive and or dramatic climax, but at that point I was still wondering what Eureka was about. 2 hours later the movie finally finishes - and I was still wondering what it was all about.

EUREKA is a movie of epic length, that raises other challenging questions like "Why is it 3.5 hours long?", "Why is it black and white?", "Is this all going somewhere?" and "Is it nearly finished yet?". Clearly director Shinji Aoyama wants his movie to make us think. And in 3.5 hours of black and white imagery and minimal dialogue, your mind certainly does have ample opportunity to wander.

Maybe I should have checked the "Director's Statement" that is included on the UK DVD before watching the movie. Then I'd have known what he was trying to say, and could have spent my time deciding if he said it effectively instead. Whether that would have been more fun or less I don't know though.

Not to say that I didn't enjoy watching EUREKA - for most of the run time I did. It's very well acted, has some good cinematography and is generally quite unusual. I'd have preferred it to have been shorter though, or had more going on - even colour photography would have helped to keep my attention on the screen with a little less effort.

I do think it's a good movie though, but... it just didn't need to be 3.5 hours to make its point or build its characters. Or maybe it did need 3.5 hours to do that, but Shinji Aoyama used his time badly - because at the end I still didn't really have a grasp on who the characters were 'deep down', or what the point of sharing their story with us was. Perhaps it's just that it's a movie aimed for better minds than mine to truly appreciate though. Certainly the length and style are going to keep any hopes of mainstream appreciation at bay.


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