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Be with You (2004)

Ima, ai ni yukimasu (original title)
A young woman returns from the dead to her guilt-ridden husband and son, but she cannot remember them.

Director:

Nobuhiro Doi

Writers:

Takuji Ichikawa (novel), Yoshikazu Okada (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûko Takeuchi ... Mio
Shidô Nakamura ... Takumi
Akashi Takei Akashi Takei ... Yuji
Karen Miyama Karen Miyama ... Aya (Yuji's classmate)
Yôsuke Asari Yôsuke Asari ... Takumi (high school days)
Yûta Hiraoka ... Yuji (18 years old)
Chihiro Ohtsuka Chihiro Ohtsuka ... Mio (high school days) (as Chihiro Ôtsuka)
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... Midori Nagase (Takumi's co-worker)
Katsuo Nakamura ... Takumi's Boss
You You ... Yuji's Teacher
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ... Owner of Cake Shop
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Dr. Noguchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôki Okada Kôki Okada
Tokimasa Tanabe Tokimasa Tanabe
Kei Tanaka Kei Tanaka
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Storyline

Mio's death leaves husband Takumi and 6-year-old son Yuji fending for themselves. Taku occasionally suffers fainting spells, is disorganized, and fears that his health hindered Mio's happiness. Yuji overheard relatives speculate that his delivery compromised her health, and he blames himself for her death. Mio left him a picture book in which she departs for "The Archive Star" but re-appears during the rainy season the following year, and he eagerly awaits her return. Taking a walk in the forest outside their house, Taku and Yuji find a woman sheltering from the rain and immediately accept her as Mio. She has no memory or sense of identity, but comes home to live with them anyway. She asks Taku how they met and fell in love, and he recounts a tale of years of missed chances starting in high school until she encouraged their marriage years later. As the rainy season nears its end, Yuji finds the "time capsule" he hid with his mother before her death. Mio's diary is inside, and its ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 October 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Be with You See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Suwa, Nagano, Japan See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,616,207
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Yuko Takeuchi and Shido Nakamura got married in 2005 after shooting the film. Their marriage only last till 2006 and it ended in divorced. See more »

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Remade as Be with You (2018) See more »

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Masterpiece!
5 November 2005 | by perezidential-2See all my reviews

Reading the summaries and reviews of the film, I had several expectations of what would happen. The grieving husband and son of a woman who died at a young age struggle with her loss. Miraculously, she comes back to life ( returning from heaven or some other place) for 6 weeks, one year after her death, during the rainy season, only to leave again after the season is over.

Considering the "coming back to life" plot device isn't without precedent, the American film "Ghost" (with Demi Moore) is but one example, I expected the characters to display the usual gamut of emotions - initial shock that the person has come back, joy that they get to relive their moments together, and ultimately grief that he/she must depart again. This film was not without those moments, but the quality of the acting and the beautiful scenery and photography put it a cut above the rest. However, what puts this film into "classic" status is the ingenious weaving of past, present, and future to deliver a stunning finale that will put every missing piece of the puzzle into place while leaving the audience simply awestruck with emotion. There are few films which I would tell a friend or associate that they "must see this now." This is one of them. Just see it and be amazed.


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