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Cafe Lumiere

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In tokyo, yoko, a young freelance writer defies her traditional parents with news that she is pregnant and has no desire to marry the father. When she falls in love with the owner of a second-hand bookstore, he keeps his feelings silent. Yoko begins to re-evaluate everything in her life.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 202024767
UPC 720917547626
UPC 14 00720917547626
Format DVD
Release Date 12/27/2005
Name Yo,Hitoto
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Cast & Crew
Ching-Song Liao - Editor
Ching-Song Liao, et. al. - Producer
Hsiao-Hsien Hou - Director
Hsiao-Hsien Hou, et. al. - Screenplay
Kimiko Yo - Actor
Masato Hagiwara - Actor
Pin Bing Lee - Cinematographer
Tadanobu Asano - Actor
Toshiharu Aida - Production Designer
Yo Hitoto - Actor
Yousui Inoue - Original Music By
Venice Film Festival (2004) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Nominee, Golden Lion
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review Cafe Lumiere stands in relation to Tokyo Story as a faint, diminished echo. It is nonetheless a fascinating curiosity, a chance to witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another in the form of a rigorously minor film.
Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu (and commissioned by Ozu's old studio, Shochiku, on the occasion of the Japanese master's centenary), Cafe Lumiere is, in some ways, Hou's melancholy rumination on the traditional Japanese family that was already in decline a half-century ago, when Ozu made his most celebrated domestic dramas. Hou's movie is introduced with the classic Shochiku logo and begins with a low-angle shot of a streetcar that might have been framed by Ozu. But for all Hou's supposed stylistic and temperamental affinities to Ozu, as well as a few affectionate quotes from Tokyo Story, Cafe Lumiere is hardly a pastiche.
Reviewer J. Hoberman
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Yo,Hitoto
Label Fox Lorber Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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