Shohei Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) is a typically strait-laced Japanese businessmen who, passing by in his commuter train one day, glimpses a beautiful young woman, Mai (real-life ballerina Tamiyo Kusakari) through the window of a dance school.
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2.5-3. It definitely has a significant issue with establishing and maintaining basic conflict; Mr. Aoki's story is actually much more compelling in that regard. But it's a very warm, thoughtful film. And it gives appropriate character to so many of its players that it's honestly hard to begrudge its flaws. And though Masayuki Suo direction's not EXCITING, it does some nice things with framing and focus.
One of the few films to always put a smile on my face. Suo's beautifully tender drama is charmingly written & features some excellent moments of humor. Kôji Yakusho's elegant performance is one of his most defining in a vast career.