Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
Adrift in Tokyo
Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a university student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long as Fumiya agrees to walk with him across Tokyo to the police station of Kasumigaseki, where he intends to turn himself in for a crime he deeply regrets. Not having much choice, Fumiya accepts the deal. Thus begins their journey which will lead them to various unusual encounters, most of all with themselves.
“Happiness creeps into you so quietly you don‘t notice but misfortune arrives very abruptly.”
Jô Odagiri plays Fumiya, a student without any ambitions whatsoever who’s caught up in debts. The middle-aged loan shark enforcer Aiichiro played by Tomokazu Miura makes him an odd offer. Aiichiro will cancel the debt if Fumiya agrees to take a walk across Tokyo with him for an undefined time-span, yet with a set goal, the Kasumigaseki police station where Aiichiro wants to turn himself in for the accidental murder of his wife.
The two grow closer and a wonderfully melancholic and charming tale with many hilarious encounters unfolds.
As we get to know Fumiya and Aiichiro better (and they each other) it turns out both…
An odd couple (an enforcer of sorts for loan sharks and the student in debt to one) make up the center of this fascinating, heartwarming and excentric story.
The student gets a chance to be rid of all his debt if he accompanies the enforcer on walks through Tokyo for a few days until he is ready for his destination. To many, just the plot is weird, but it gets much, much weirder. It is after all a Japanese film.
As the two get closer to each other they also stumble upon often hilarious scenarios.
A thoughtful trip, and it also works wonderfully as sight-seeing for me who's never been there, where the journey is much more important than the destination, in more ways than one, and it leaves a bit of the motives open to interpretation.
Two men walk the streets of Tokyo and straight into my heart. I never wanted to hug every character in a movie this badly.
A bittersweet and often very funny love letter to Tokyo and its wonderful people.
Someone dry my tears for me.
A beautiful film. Such a simplistic plot. A journey of two men through the backstreets of Tokyo and the unlikely bond that grows between them. The story is superbly written and is the glue that holds the movie together. The acting is perfectly understated. There are so many subtle comedic touches here, blink and you might miss them. A great film.
Though I find what Fukuhara did (and Fumiya's reaction to it) a little troubling, Adrift in Tokyo still ends up being a really sweet movie.
A quiet gem. With odd, off-beat humor that is right up my alley.
Put me in a sentimental mood. So I went for a walk. I just moved little over a month ago, and have yet to find … what I'm looking for here. Still, I enjoyed my walk, and ventured out off the main roads and walked across the scattering of parks. I considered my similarities to Joe's character in the film, and was struck by the odd urge to reminisce about the history of my life I rarely dwell on.
With a simple premise that grows with sincere affection, this film is a great addition to the 'slice-of-life' genre that breathes ease, and the gentle splendor of life's fateful encounters.
*If I ever had the chance to visit Tokyo, or another city of Japan, this is how I would try to spend my time.
Adrift in Tokyo was very good. While its meandering storyline had a few too many plot conveniences, the film managed to balance humour and emotion really well, resulting in both sweet and melancholic moments. The movie wasn't quite what I expected though, I guess I was hoping that the conversations would have more depth or wit. The acting was mostly pretty good throughout with the notable exception of the girl near the end of indeterminate age, though that's probably because of how the role was written more than anything.
Featuring some japanese weirdness, Adrift in Tokyo tells the story about loneliness in Tokyo.
Solid films are like comfort food. They may lack the exquisiteness or originality, but they make you feel good and you are comfortable returning to them time and time again. Adrift in Tokyo is just that, a nice and friendly picture evoking the tone of Kikujiro and mixing it with some oddball Japanese comedies.
Adrift in Tokyo is a clever, funny story about a largely in-debt law student and a debt collector. A simple story with a great sense of humor, and somehow serious tone. Adrift in Tokyo is oddly profound in its entirety and finds meaning in its characters and their situations. One trying to find family and friends, the other trying to be at peace before he goes off to jail for killing his wife. A story about odd companionship that plucks at the heart strings and wrenches your stomach. although a bit disappointed at how the cinematographer had so much to work with in the crackling city of Tokyo, glowing with beautiful landscapes, the film nonetheless delivers. And somehow, that's not a problem.
This movie made me cry a little. Maybe it's because my g/f broke up with me yesterday. Maybe it's the idea of me not growing up with my father either just like the protagonist Fumiya Takemura. Or maybe it was the sweet and sad nature of the film. Maybe all three. Decided to watch this on hulu while doing some laundry today.
A simple good natured drama here with interesting and original characters and story. The drama didn't have to be over the top comedy or pull your guts out emotional. It has a simple sweetness about it with some great shots of Tokyo that most people don't see. Well I'm assuming it was really shot in Tokyo.
At times incredibly silly in a very endearing way, this film shifts gears into the dramatic with tremendous ease. Although one main character's predicament is glossed over in a pretty unnerving manner, there is nonetheless a really impressive blend of hilarity and contemplation in this tale of a young man's unexpected confrontation with an aimless and unfulfilled existence.
I'm also hoping that "your anus is missing a crease" will find itself in a future conversation.
Just watched a very good movie called TENTEN~Adrift In Tokyo, A comedic story about a Loan Shark Collector who offers one of his marks a million yen to pay off his debts if he'll accompany him on a walk of indeterminate time: "Could be days or even a month", he flatly states. Without much choice, the mark accepts the job, and over the course of days, the two men form a special bond as they experience life on the road together.
The Loan collector is played with witty delight by Miura Tomokazu, whose character of Fukuhara is a life-loving person, and his constant chattering about this and that is reminiscent of Charles Grodin in Midnight Run or Kazama Morio in…
Takemura (Joe Odagiri : Dream, Air Doll) is a loner college student with ¥840,000 debt and no friends or family to help him out. His debt collector, Fukuhara (Tomokazu Miura : Outrage, Survive Style 5+) strikes a deal with him; he’ll give Takemura ¥1,000,000 to walk with him across Tokyo to hand himself in to the police for a crime he’s committed. On their journey, spanning a few days, Takemura and Fukuhara meet some people from their past, make new friends and encounter some peculiar strangers.
Adrift In Tokyo is a quirky, buddy film basically. Bad guy makes vulnerable guy an offer he can’t refuse, vulnerable guy does what he’s told, they become friends in the process. I love films…
A pleasant and slightly odd film showing the growing father-son bond between two men whose lives are in a bit of a mess. Pleasant, probably going to watch again soon.
These are the greatest films I have ever seen.
I will update as any that are worthy pass my eyes.…