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.
I hope 'your anus is missing a crease' is a real Japanese saying.
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.
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.
The therapeutic wonders a simple walk can do for you, or: Chicken Soup for the Lonely Soul.
More than just a close examination of the two lead characters, Adrift in Tokyo invites us to do the same to ourselves. When loan shark Fukuhara pesters college floater Fumiya with questions about his life, I found myself trying to answer along with Fumiya. But just like him, I always came up empty.
What was my best memory with my parents? Did they ever take me to the zoo, or the amusement park, or somewhere similar? When was the last time I ever took a walk with them? What was my first kiss like and why wasn't it special?
Like Fumiya, I floundered…
Pondering drama. Two men walk around Tokyo and question life and the world around them. There are a lot of nice character pieces and random interjections from random people, but it never really came together for me. Some great hair, though.
"Happiness creeps into you so quietly that you don't notice
but misfortune arrives very abruptly."
An interesting journey. Glad I've seen it, but it's not something I'd be interested in seeing again.
Adrift in Tokyo is an affable film. It has quite an offbeat sense of humor with the various strange turns that the conversations can take and some oddness that comes out of nowhere in the journey of the two walking through Tokyo. It dips into the goofy at times, at a level that goes too far on occasion, but most of the time it finds a nice medium between the quirky and the just plain funny. And there is a tinge of melancholy that bubbles up to the surface as the two men face dark times in their lives and discuss past pains or faded joy. But Satoshi Miki never bogs it down too much in despair or bleakness, instead…
A brilliant surprise. A very self contained low fi road trip movie that takes place in one city. Filled to the brim with charm, hilarity, and genuine heart.
the first movie to make me cry in a while, although to be fair I have been in a bit of an emotional state lately
I really wish we had more focus on fukuhara's wife. her femicide, although accidental, was such a driving factor in this that I just feel like they did her such a disservice. her coworkers are blinded by their own selfishness and the concluding scene of the film is just them trying to smell their own hair like a bunch of kids. the fact that fukuhara and fumiya merely tsk-tsk'ed away the abusive son at the restaurant doesn't help this movie's treatment of women either. I have to get rid of some points for that alone
I hope 'your anus is missing a crease' is a real Japanese saying.
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.
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