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A young department store worker discovers a magical lantern which contains the spirit of Tsuboi, a genie who has just one last chance to help someone on Earth.

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Shûsuke Kaneko
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûka Yûka
Naoto Takenaka
Tetsuji Tamayama
Tomoe Shinohara Tomoe Shinohara
Arata Furuta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida
Mako Ishino Mako Ishino
Rio Kanno Rio Kanno
Hairi Katagiri Hairi Katagiri
Shinobu Nakayama Shinobu Nakayama
Kayoko Shibata Kayoko Shibata
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi
Ryôsei Tayama
Yu Tokui Yu Tokui
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda
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A young department store worker discovers a magical lantern which contains the spirit of Tsuboi, a genie who has just one last chance to help someone on Earth.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 November 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Toast to Love See more »

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$346,919
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Tongue in Cheek silliness - Good for a laugh and smile, maybe
15 January 2005 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

This immediately reminded me of Miike's "HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS" which was produced the year before. The self-conscious musical numbers and the occasional use of puppets could have come from Miike's film except for the fact that Koi Ni Utaeba isn't the work of a determined weirdo.

The story is a bit of froth that could have come from the U.S. TV show "Love, American Style", and that's not a good thing. The actors had to carry the production or it would have floated away with it's in-substantialness. The whole film is bright, colorful and cheery, a marked contrast from director Kaneko's kaiju films.

As with "Happiness of the Katakuris" it seems that a familiarity with Japanese television and film musicals would help the viewer to enjoy this film. Also a good translation. The English title for this is "When You Sing of Love".

Fans of Kaneko's other work should steer clear of this unless you have Doris Day films on the shelf next to the Gamera trilogy..


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