Adrift in Tokyo (2007, Japan)

Starring: Joe Odagiri, Tomokazu Miura, Kyoko Koizumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka
Director: Satohsi Miki
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
My Rating: 5/5

“Takemura begins the film as an 8th-year college student who has somehow managed to accumulate ¥840,000 in debt.

Abandoned by his parents in childhood, he has no one to turn to for the cash.

One night a stranger with a grubby trenchcoat and grizzly beard, Fukuhara, bursts into his apartment, puts him in a chokehold and demands the dough, or else. Takemura agrees to scrape it up, but his feeble attempts, including a losing pachinko session, fail miserably. Then, the day before the debt comes due, Fukuhara comes to Takemura with an unusual offer: walk with him from Kichijoji to Kasumigaseki, for ¥1 million, paid on successful completion. Takemura has no choice but to go along.

On the first day of the walk, Fukuhara tells Takemura his reason for it: He killed his wife and intends to give himself up at the Sakuradamon police station. Takemura, a law student, urges Fukuhara to go to the nearest cop shop — if the police discover the body before he turns himself in, the hand of the law will be heavier, Takemura explains — but Fukuhara refuses to change his plan: It’s Sakuradamon or nothing.”

This entry was published on November 5, 2012 at 1:00 am and is filed under 2007, 5/5 Excellent, Drama, Japan. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Adrift in Tokyo (2007, Japan)

  1. I really liked this film a lot. There are great performances from the central cast and some nicely observed characters.

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