Like Someone in Love (English Subtitled) 2013 UNRATED

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A brainteaser about a case of willful mistaken identity between a prostitute and her client that is sure to inspire debate.

Starring:
Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Like Someone in Love (English Subtitled)

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Genres Drama
Director Abbas Kiarostami
Starring Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi
Supporting actors Ryô Kase, Denden, Reiko Mori, Kaneko Kubota, Ryota Nakanishi
Studio Sundance Selects
MPAA rating Unrated
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on May 5, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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 (RyŰ 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AliGhaemi on June 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Novak on June 8, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By an earful on July 12, 2014
Format: DVD
This film itself has such a thoughtful, humane and emotional draw. It is definitely worth seeing, buying and re-seeing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baldjohn on October 21, 2014
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Really liked this movie. Interesting characters and lovely story. So many different emotions conveyed through the lens of the camera on the faces of the various people. And the curious ending produces lots of conversational energy afterwards. Would gladly watch it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HTV on November 19, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Using Ella Fitzgerald's title song as the movie's own, it was about a pretty Japanese girl ( Akiko ) being taunted by a raging jealous boyfriend when suspicion arise that she'd been doing "extracurricular" activities beside school and going out with him, and the ( not so ) innocent old man, grandfatherly like, one of her clients, who got caught in between the tumulus relationship of the two young people. Hooker's Client with the Heart of Gold

Movie is very slow, yet possesses great attention to visual and emotional details with suggestive tension that stirs the imagination and warm the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Guiberteau on October 21, 2014
Format: DVD
Very good film for Japanese. They are usually slower than the Chinese but this one is a different topic done with taste.
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