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Cast Me If You Can (2011)

Hiromi Nagasaku , Toru Masuoka , Atsushi Ogata  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hiromi Nagasaku, Toru Masuoka, Masahiko Tsugawa, Keiko Matsuzaka, Akira Emoto
  • Directors: Atsushi Ogata
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Seminal Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060ANYRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hiroshi is an actor, who always plays supporting roles, and lives in the shadow of his famous playwright father. Often mistaken for someone else, even for a kidnapper, Hiroshi struggles daily with his marginalized existence. But one day, luck changes. Hiroshi meets his muse, an aspiring actress Aya, who doesn't mistake him for anyone else. He falls for Aya head over heels and struggles to play the lead in his own life. A sweet romantic comedy for all generations that will leave you smiling. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and poignant December 9, 2011
Its a love story wrapped up in comedy. A series of pratfalls involving the lead who stumbles through his own life, overshadowed by a famous dad. In the film he aspires to act, and seems to have landed the ideal role, but then gets mistaken for a man having an affair with a politician's wife. On the train he meets a woman, and hopes for romance, but unlike his father, he is nervous and inexperienced around women so needs all the coaching he can get. Watched it in Tokyo and can vouch for it being bi-culturally funny. No ez task. The protagonist has that sad sack appeal that worked so well for Woody Allen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We loved this comedy... December 5, 2011
Caught this one in New York and it is a whole lot of fun. Here's the plot summary in a nutshell: A TV actor falls in love with a pretty young woman, but his awkwardness and bad luck threaten to ruin the romance. He is always being mistaken for someone else, and gets caught up in all kinds of trouble. Cast Me If You Can is as touching as it is outrageously funny. Also, how often do we get to see Japanese comedy that also works in English? It's tough to pull off but this special film does it. A triumph that appeals to people of all ages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese movie March 4, 2012
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Fun comedy movie that surprises you by having traditional leading role actors play supporting roles and supporting actors in leading roles. Highly recommend. I laughed out loud throughout!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something borrowed, nothing new. February 8, 2012
By T. Hunt
Cast Me If You Can, (Wakiyaku Monogatari), is a Japanese romantic comedy released in 2010. Directed by Atsushi Ogata, it tells the story of Hiroshi, (Toru Masuoka), a struggling actor waiting for his big break. The film follows his misfortunes, meanderings, and eventual love-collision with Aya, (Hiromi Nagasaku), a fellow star-seeking thespian.

My wife and I, optimistically attracted to the DVD's cover art, picked this film up on a hopeful whim. Something about the design read quirky and we were sold. Now, after watching, I'd not argue that it that description down completely but I'd also not accuse the film of making any major cinematic strides. Sans the obvious language difference, it was boiled down to just one more romantic comedy that leaned heavily on the style we're constantly blasted with here in the States. Thus, if you're expecting some special variable in the genre because it was shot out of the Japanese cannon, you may end up disappointed. Everything from the pop-classical soundtrack, (a constant), to the disjointed and awkward, "getting to know her" section reeked of the tried-and-true template that is Romantic Comedy. And I wanted more.

That being said, however, there are some redeeming qualities found in the individual performances. Catch Me If You Can is well acted:

The relationship between Hiroshi and his father Kenta, (Masahiko Tsugawa), was warm, realistic, and at times pleasantly funny.

Likewise, the interactions between Hiroshi and Aya were well scripted and enhanced greatly by the all-absorbing cuteness of Hiromi Nagasaku. The woman is adorable but sharp and because of this I found her absolutely addictive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars charming and funny January 8, 2012
i just loved this movie, so funny and witty . . . atshushi ogata is the next woody allen! this movie is a must see.
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