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Going Home (2004)

Kikyo (original title)
The story of a man who returns to his hometown in order to attend the second wedding of his mother only to also run into his old squeeze. The encounter escalates and subsequently the woman ... See full summary »

Director:

Kôji Hagiuda
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Akiko Aitsuki Akiko Aitsuki
Taka Guadalcanal Taka Guadalcanal
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô
Reiko Kataoka Reiko Kataoka ... Miyuki
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi
Reio Moriyama Reio Moriyama
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Haruo
Nobuhiro Suwa
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki
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The story of a man who returns to his hometown in order to attend the second wedding of his mother only to also run into his old squeeze. The encounter escalates and subsequently the woman asks her visiting old lover to drop in to her house. When he does, however, the adult woman is gone and in her place seemingly awaiting him is but a young girl. Written by aghaemi

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lover | abandonment | See All (2) »

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Comedy

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 June 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Home See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bitters End See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Touching and Heartwrenching
5 August 2005 | by urthstripe321See all my reviews

I saw this movie on a flight out of Japan, and what a treat it was. Kikyo (Going Home) is about everyman but perhaps a little lost in life Haruo (Hidetoshi Nishijima) who returns to his hometown to attend his widow mother's marriage. Once there, he meets an old flame, Miyuki {Reiko Kataoka) working several jobs and raising a 7 year-old by herself. After a reunion one night, Miyuki asks Haruo to visit the next day. When Haruo comes to visit, all he finds is the 7-year-old Chiharu. What starts as a quest to find Miyuki together becomes a lesson in life, love, responsibility and bonding for Haruo and Chiharu. This may sound hokey, but the movie is anything but formulaic. The acting is superb, even by the young Reiai Moriyama who plays Chiharu. I don't know if this film will ever make it to the states, but if it does, I will definitely see it again. It's hard to explain what exactly makes this movie so appealing, but everything, the camera work, the acting, the story, was perfect. Everything was in tune and everything felt right. It felt like going home.


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