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Like Someone in Love (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) (2012)

Rin Takanashi , Tadashi Okuno , Abbas Kiarostami  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryô Kase, Ryota Nakanishi
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IGK6TH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Abbas Kiarostami, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Forty-five-minute documentary on the making of the film
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar and critic Nico Baumbach

  • Editorial Reviews

    Abbas Kiarostami has spent his incomparable movie career exploring the tiny spaces that separate illusion from reality and the simulated from the authentic. At first blush, his extraordinary, sly Like Someone in Love, which finds the Iranian director in Tokyo, may appear to be among his most straightforward films. Yet with this simple story of the growing bond between a young part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client, Kiarostami has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire as complex as his masterful Close-up and Certified Copy in its engagement with the workings of the mercurial human heart.

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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Film of Moods and Confinement May 5, 2014
    Anyone expecting the classical forms of plot and characteization in this film will be sadly disappointed. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE has a minimal plot - a young student Akiko (Rin Takanashii), who may or may not be a prostitute, visits the home of elderly writer Takashi Watnabe (Tadashi Okuno); an affection develops between them, even though no physical contact takes place. Watnabe encounters Akiko's fiancé Noriaki (Ryô Kase), and convinces him that the two are related: Noriaki finds out that Watnabe is lying, and comes to his apartment and smashes a window, Abbas Kiarostami's fiocuses more on shifting moods - the sad resignation of Akiko as she goes about her business, neither enjoying nor appreciating it; the blank face of the cab-driver who takes her to Watnabe's apartment; the wistful looks of Watnabe as he looks at Akiko; for him she might be both desirable yet also an object of regret for his own lost youth. Kiarostami refuses to give us the security of explaining his characters' motivations; he leaves it up to us to make our own decisions. Comprised of long close-ups interspersed with shot/reverse shot sequences, the film is more focused on what is not said, rather than the dialogue. What gives LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE its true freshness is the quality of its visual imagery:: the film is chock-full of prison images: we see the protagonists sitting in Watnabe's car through the windscreen, the world outside reflected in the class; the bright lights of Tokyo streets fade into a blur as the yellow cab drives through seemingly endless long and straight boulevards; Akiko is seen sleeping in Watnabe's bed through the frosted glass of the bedroom door; while Akiko and Watnabe exchange their dialogue in the confined spaces of Watnabe's apartment or Watnabe's car. Read more ›
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    For many Like Someone In Love will be a boring film to watch, but others are about to be engrossed by characters, their stories, interactions and even a drive through Tokyo. Or just be fascinated by the director's style. Or love the outside of main character Akiko (played by Rin Takanashi) and her appearance and hate her dilemma and inconsiderate duplicity. Or be engulfed in utter dismal sorrow at the treatment of Akiko's grandmother (played by Kaneko Kubota), which in terms of sheer emotional sadness is second only to Tomi Hirayama's life and death in Tokyo Story. In Tokyo Story too, the grandmother talks to a grandchild who does not hear or listen. Here is a film that in turn will induce absurdity, embarrassment, squirming, love, lust, hate, loathing, discomfort and pity.

    Akiko is a typical Tokyo girl. She is from Fukuroi in Shizuoka. She is pretty, has a fiancé and is ostensibly in the city attending university. She, however, leads a surreptitious existence. We know this soon enough because we quickly put two and two together based on her conversation with her fiancé Noriaski (played by Ryo Kase) and the persons she shares a table with, a manipulative and filthy Hiroshi (played by Denden) and Nagisa (played by Reiko Mori).

    Foreign directors in Japan could go one of two ways. It could be a Lost in Translation [Blu-ray] (Sofia Coppola - Grade: A) or a Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Isabel Coixet - Grade: C-).
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A slice of a crazy life June 8, 2014
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    I love this movie. Professor type gets himself involved in a not win type triad relationship. Behavior is so realistic you feel you can reach through the screen and touch these people. Adult situations but no hot scenes, Just life going on and you wonder all the time is there was a better way for these people who seem to deserve more.
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