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The Coach: 40 Year-Old Figure Skater (2010)

Kôchi: 40-sai no figyua sukêtâ (original title)
Miwa Kurauchi is 40, single, and childless. A professional figure skater who appears in ice shows, she also coaches children at a skating school. Once again, she starts down the path to ... See full summary »

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Kitarô Muro

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Kitarô Muro (story), Kitarô Muro (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Miki Ando Miki Ando ... Miki Ando
Shizuka Arakawa Shizuka Arakawa ... Shizuka Arakawa
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Syu Kato
Megumi Ishii Megumi Ishii
Midori Ito Midori Ito ... Midori Ito (as Midori Itô)
Noboru Kaneko Noboru Kaneko
Yûna Komatsuzaki Yûna Komatsuzaki ... Asuka Harada
Miwa Nishida Miwa Nishida ... Miwa Kurauchi
Minoru Sano Minoru Sano ... Minoru Sano
May Shigenobu May Shigenobu ... Coach
Akinobu Shinoyama Akinobu Shinoyama
Ami Tokitô Ami Tokitô
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Miwa Kurauchi is 40, single, and childless. A professional figure skater who appears in ice shows, she also coaches children at a skating school. Once again, she starts down the path to fulfill her old dream of becoming the best skater in the world. Written by Anonymous

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Japan

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Japanese

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6 February 2010 (Japan) See more »

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The Coach: 40 Year-Old Figure Skater See more »

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Great Photography and Skating, but Jumpy and Hard to Follow
21 January 2018 | by tabunoSee all my reviews

Miwa, a 40-year old woman, a figure skating teacher, faces challenging choices about her professional future as well as encountering a young girl, whose father comes from a past relationship. Technical problems with the Amazon subtitles made watching this movie without prejudice difficult. However, the film's own editing seemed choppy and somewhat disjointed making the ability to comprehend what was going on more tedious and distracting while trying to just enjoy the film experience. There is also perhaps some cultural issues that arose with the challenge of the legal relationship between mother and the child as well as the professional career choices that arise in the movie. There's a personal choice dilemma from the past between individual happiness and Olympic aspirations, relationships, and confronting the present choices of parenting and the Olympics. Compared to The Cutting Edge (1992) , there's a focus in Coach on a paternal as well as handling multiple responsibilities and roles and might be considered at odds with American values. In contrast there is even a comparison could make with the boxing classic Rocky (1976) as well as a martial art and even a blue rose element. Or contrast Coach with No Reservations (2007) about a female chef confronted with a young child in a romantic comedy and how the relationship evolves and how it folds into the story. As a result, rating this movie becomes unusually somewhat subjected a cultural perspective. Additionally, there are small scenes that don't seem to fit, such as one of Miwa's older male students is informed that she needs to take some time off from her teaching but at this point in the movie one would assume that the student would be quite aware of the reason why. Even the motivation for Miwa's decisions seems to be given short shrift. There are occasionally some great, brief intimate elements, especially as they relate to family relationships. Additionally, the movie includes some nice film time on actual skating without apparent stunt doubles which is quite a refreshing and a challenging change. Overall, however, this movie just seems overly and unnecessarily difficult to follow in this presentation even as the movie's cinematography and performances are executed with icy and great technical precision.


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