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  • Actors: Odagiri Jo, Tomokazu Miura, Kyoko Koizumi
  • Directors: Miki Satoshi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Third Window Films
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MIX3MQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,643 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. Based on the original novel by Naoki Prize winner Yoshinaga Fujita comes a fascinating, humorous and wildly clever film that is sure to charm you. With his trusty companion Endo (Matsuo Suzuki - Robogeisha ) in tow, he sets off on a quest for the elusive insect and along the way meets the mysterious Sayoko (Rinko Kikuchi - Norwegian Wood ), a former dominatrix and habitual wrist-cutter who delights in rubbing wasabi into her wounds, as well as a pudgy gang boss yearning for a new life and his trusty assistant, an over-the-top Yakuza (both played by Miki Satoshi regulars Ryo Iwamatsu and Eri Fuse).

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This is certainly a worthwhile, if somewhat eccentric, discourse within the Japanese cine scene. A true walkathon through various parts of Tokyo, the two likable oddballs who inhabit this picture certainly grow on you as you accompany them in their perambulations through Tokyo.
The two principal characters in this affair seem to have just about nothing in common except their own particular weirdness, the one being co-opted by the other into taking a very extended stroll over various days through different parts of Tokyo.
Although it is not story driven, it nevertheless captures your attention by means of the two main characters, (a loan shark collector and his victim), and the very natural way they interact with each other and the constant change of neighbourhood that drifts through the whole film.
It is a finely nuanced film, and very well acted. It's also quite original in concept with a very restrained, unobtrusive style of direction. On the other hand, when all is said and done, it doesn't amount to all that much, and perhaps deserves 3 1/2 stars rather than 4. Still, as it's no doubt a quality product, I have erred on the side of generosity and given it 4 stars.
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- Won't give a long review as the film is basically about a 'walk' through Tokyo, meeting the situations and characters along the way. This isn't a big budget type film, but focuses on the acting and it's relaxing and refreshing to see such films in comparison to the explosions and 3d in mainstream theatres now...

It's certainly entertaining and there are laughs to be had if you like Japanese comedy.
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This would be an excellent film if it were about a student and a loan shark in Europe or the USA. The characters are beautifully written and played and the story is poignant. The fact that it is set in Tokyo is just a huge bonus, because the setting and culture are really brought to life. Films as good as this don't come along every day, so if you got as far as reading this press "buy" and score yourself a treat.
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Having browsed the Japanese video section on amazon I read the description, and I have to say when I borght it I was truly touched by the film.
Now, I'm not going to spoil it by giving to much away, but I think some people will be touched but the sincerity of the film and how to people from different backgrounds can get along

I give this a Massave thumbs up, and recommend throughly.
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Having loved "Instant Swamp" and "Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers" I approached this one with faith in the director, and I wasn't disappointed. While not as weird as the previous films it is certainly off the wall.
It was also nice to see Kumiko Aso reprising her policewoman role from the TV series "Time Limit Detective" (which also starred Jo Odagir) - even wearing the same non-standard uniform and hat that she wore on TV... nice.

The comedy here comes more from the situations the two men find themselves in rather than the main characters themselves being weird or eccentric.

I go to Tokyo a lot on holiday and as they were walking through parts of the city I was mentally saying "been there", and also taking a note of places to see next time.

For me this is an easy 10/10.
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Miki Satoshi is a young Japanese director (b. 1961) who started off as a writer for TV variety shows, graduated on to stage directing and turned feature film director in 2005 with two films - In the Pool and Turtles are Suprisingly Fast Swimmers. Adrift in Tokyo (Japanese title, Tenten) came out in 2007 and the consensus seems to be that it’s his best film to date. Miki (not to be confused with Miike Takashi who makes very different films!) specializes in looking humorously at contemporary Japanese society, pinpointing issues which irritate on a daily basis. An adaptation by Miki of a Fujita Yoshinaga novel, Adrift in Tokyo deals with the rootless transience of the modern day Japanese family. Takemura Fumiya (Odagiri Jō) is an 8th year college student who has accrued a debt of 800,000 yen (about 4,000 pounds). Debt collector Fukuhara Aiichiro (Miura Tomokazu) comes a-knocking and eventually makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Takemura must take a walk with him across Tokyo to the police station in Kasumigaseki, at which point he will give the student 1,000,000,000 yen (50,000 pounds) before turning himself in for a crime he has committed. The film charts the walk, the experiences they have, the characters they meet, and the sea change of emotions that both characters undergo.

Without giving too much away, Fumiya is an orphan. Abandoned by his parents when he was a baby he has never known what the concept of family is. Fukuhara has married but we learn that the marriage is not only loveless, but also childless. The film plays on the needs the two men have, one for a father and the other for a son. Not surprisingly, skeptical toleration turns into familial warmth as the pair go on an adventure.
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Not being familiar with Japanese films or TV the two protagonists did appear fresh and incisive. Admittedly it was surrealistic in parts, but never so much that it lost credibility for long. Was the similarity in appearance of one them to the young Bob Dylan coincidental?
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