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Like Someone in Love [Blu-ray]

Rin Takanashi , Tadashi Okuno , Abbas Kiarostami    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: New Wave Films
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, named after Ella Fitzgerald's jazz standard,is a droll, elegant and playful film preoccupied with identities mistaken and assumed,laced with references to the films of Yasujiro Ozu. Akiko,a pretty and slightly distant sociology student works nights as a high- class escort. Instead of studying for her exams and meeting her grandmother, she reluctantly goes to the house of her latest client, retired sociology professor Takashi. The next morning, she allows him to give her a ride to university, crossing paths with her volatile boyfriend, Noriaki (Ryo Kase). The latter assume that the kind old man is Akiko's grandfather, thus allowing an odd role-playing routine to begin, until,perhaps, the hoax is discovered.

After CERTIFIED COPY and TEN, LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE offers, with pristine images and long takes of the streets of Tokyo at night, a new facet of Kiarostami's study of human relations and unforeseeable encounters.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All alone in a city of millions 9 July 2013
If you're familiar with modern Japanese arthouse movies or written literature, then the style and strangeness of this film won't be totally surprisingly. So if you enjoyed Norwegian Wood then Like Someone In Love won't seem too weird. The extended monologues, long silences, extended driving sequences and static filming won't appeal to everyone however, especially as it's one of those films which kinda starts in the middle and finishes before the end...

Like Someone In Love is a series of extended character pieces which explores overlapping lives of different generations in modern day Tokyo. There's a country girl who has come to the city to escape rural monotony and limited opportunities, and she's ended up providing escort services to older gentlemen at night while cramming in sociology studies during the day. Her jealous boyfriend knows he's being given the run-around but doesn't quite understand how. Her worried grandmother has travelled all the way to the big city, unannounced, to visit. And Akiko has a special appointment that evening with an elderly scholar - a widower, we think, lonely in his apartment, with only his work and an annoying neighbour.
As is the way with such films, each of these threads is far more than I've just described, and they trace patterns of loss, hope, self-obsession, love, grief, selfless dedication and a whole lot more in between the generations. There's an enormous amount of talking - some remarkable performances are given one-sided, on the phone - and an equal amount of not talking, when communication totally collapses.
But this isn't a depressing or even particularly sad story - indeed, there's some sequences which are gently and wistfully humorous.
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In an interview accompanying this DVD, the film's director Abbas Kirostami talks about how it was only possible to make this story after he had acquired the necessary life experience. Perhaps this is a strategy that more directors need to pursue because in this realisation Mr Kirostami's understanding of the central character certainly pays off. Both the old man, Tadashi Okuno, and the beautiful object of desire, Rin Takanashi, turn in outstanding performances in a compelling but low-key story. While there is certainly a girl, there is no sordid exploitation of the female form, and while there are no guns, there is a hint of offscreen (imminent) violence. Instead Mr Kirostami allows the audience the space to apply their own understanding of the events that we see unfold. Using a Rashemonian device, we can see the events again with another implied meaning. In this film, as in all good cinema, you decide what you have just seen and what, ultimately, it all means.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm 30 Mar 2014
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There were aspects of this film that I really liked. The acting and cinematography is amazing. The scene where the main two characters are in the car with Kase Ryo (I wouldn't marry him after watching this film and believe me, I would have before!) is so tense it's perfect. I found the ending slightly unsatisfying but can't say why as it will completely ruin it for anyone considering watching it. Let's just say don't do it if you need closure from a film.
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