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Train Man (2005)

Densha otoko (original title)
The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women, ... See full summary »

Director:

Shôsuke Murakami

Writers:

Hitori Nakano (novel), Arisa Kaneko (screenplay)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Takayuki Yamada ... Densha otoko
Miki Nakatani ... Hermes
Ryôko Kuninaka Ryôko Kuninaka ... Rika
Eita ... Hirofumi
Kuranosuke Sasaki ... Hisashi
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura ... Michiko
Yoshinori Okada ... Yoshiga
Naomi Nishida Naomi Nishida ... Hermes's friend
Ren Osugi ... Middle-aged man in train (as Ren Ôsugi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroki Miyake Hiroki Miyake ... Tamura
Ian Moore Ian Moore
Makoto Sakamoto Makoto Sakamoto ... Muto
Momoko Shimizu Momoko Shimizu ... Schoolgirl on the train
Ichie Tanaka Ichie Tanaka
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Storyline

The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women, and posts on a website asking for advice every step of the way. Written by Calan

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A True Love Story

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 June 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre del tren See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,090,100
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Following the credits the scene where Densha and Hermes meet each other for the first time is shown. This time however they are played by Atsushi Itô and Misaki Itô who played Densha and Hermes respectively in the series Densha otoko (2005). This time Takayuki Yamada drags away the drunk man. See more »

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References Ghost in the Shell (1995) See more »

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An Authentic Love Story
12 July 2005 | by mysteryeggSee all my reviews

Densha Otoko is the true story of a young man who lives in Tokyo, but spends most of his life on his computer or shopping for anime character figurines. Unconfident in public, he has never learned how to talk to women, lacking all the social skills we have come to expect from leading characters in romance films. Usually relying on the internet as his social net, he finds himself posting messages to a popular Japanese BBS (bulleton board service chat room), asking for love advice. Much of the dialog from the original BBS posts is preserved in the film (both on-screen and spoken), and much of the supporting cast is composed of those who respond to his internet posts.

I particularly loved the film because it shows one of the most authentic views of Japanese city life of any film I've ever come across. In particular, people who live in big cities like Tokyo spend a great deal of their time on the subway, where this love story begins. Thus, after the main character has posted the story of his train encounter to the BBS, other users begin to call him Densha Otoko (Train Man). Too many recent drama films, particularly from Japan, have become too melodramatic, but Densha Otoko is a beautiful, authentic love story.


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