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Hankyu Railways - A 15-minute Miracle (2011)

Hankyu densha (original title)
"Hankyu Densha" follows the lives of various people who commute on Hankyu Railway's Imazu Line - connecting the cities of Nishinomiya and Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture. One of the ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Yoshishige Miyake

Writers:

Hiro Arikawa (based on the novel by), Yoshikazu Okada (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kasumi Arimura ... Etsuko
Kaho Minami ... Yasue ito
Erika Toda ... Misa
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Ryuta
Mana Ashida ... Ami
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Tokie
Ryôhei Suzuki
Yû Koyanagi ... Katsuya
Miki Nakatani ... Shoko
Mitsuki Tanimura ... Miho
Ryô Katsuji ... Keiichi
Saki Aibu Saki Aibu ... Mayumi
Suzuka Morita Suzuka Morita
Megumi Yasu Megumi Yasu
Tsutomu Takahashi Tsutomu Takahashi
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Storyline

"Hankyu Densha" follows the lives of various people who commute on Hankyu Railway's Imazu Line - connecting the cities of Nishinomiya and Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture. One of the commuters is Shoko (Miki Nakatani), an office worker in her 30s who lost her boyfriend to a younger colleague. There's also a college student (Erika Toda) who is so easily persuaded by her no good boyfriend. Other commuters include a grandmother & granddaughter, a house wife, a female high school student, and a female otaku college student.

Although the train ride takes only 15 minutes between two stations, the lives of these commuters are changed as they interact with each other ..

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 April 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hankyu Densha: Katamichi 15-fun-no Kiseki See more »

Filming Locations:

Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,799,256
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Company Credits

Production Co:

COCOON, Dentsu, Gentosha See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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How much drama can you pack into a 15-minute train ride?
12 March 2013 | by KFLSee all my reviews

Kinda hard to recommend this one. Basically it's a soap opera, set on public transit in Kobe. A half-dozen or so stories intertwine, and vignettes range from the trite-ish (eg. a girl is ashamed of her last name; a group of obnoxious middle-aged women function as a farcical Greek chorus) to the heartfelt, even heart-rending (in particular, an eight- year-old girl trying to cope with persistent bullying by classmates).

Unfortunately most of what happens strains credulity--particularly considering that the Japanese simply do not inject themselves with any regularity into the lives and problems of total strangers. Nor are they prone to be as emotional in public.

To sum up, Hankyu is a highly uneven soap opera which does shed light on modern Japanese customs and mores, but you have to wade through a lot of melodrama to get to the better bits.


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