Be with You (film)
|Be With You|
Film poster advertising Be with You in Japan
|Directed by||Nobuhiro Doi|
|Produced by||Hideyuki Honma|
|Written by||Yoshikazu Okada|
|Story by||Takuji Ichikawa (Be with You)|
|Starring||Yūko Takeuchi, Shido Nakamura|
|Music by||Suguru Matsutani|
|Edited by||Shinichi Hiroshi|
|Running time||119 minutes|
Be With You (いま、会いにゆきます Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu?), is a 2004 Japanese drama film based on a Japanese novel of the same name written by Takuji Ichikawa. The film was adapted from the novel by Yoshikazu Okada, and it was directed by Nobuhiro Doi. It stars actress Yūko Takeuchi as Mio Aio and actor Shido Nakamura as Takumi Aio.
Be with You was first released at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival. It was subsequently released in Japanese cinemas on 30 October 2004. The film grossed a total of $46,616,207 from its screenings in Japan and overseas countries.
Mio Aio's death leaves her husband Takumi and six year-old son Yuji to fend for themselves. Takumi is congenitally disorganized, suffers occasional fainting spells, and fears that his health compromised his dead wife's happiness. Yuji overhears relatives speculate that his own difficult delivery compromised Mio's health, and blames himself for his mother's death. Mio had left Yuji a picture book; in the book, Mio departs for a celestial body she calls "the Archive Star" but reappears in Japan during the following year's rainy season; turning the pages, Yuji eagerly awaits her return.
On a walk in the forest outside their house, Takumi and Yuji find a woman sheltered from the rain, and immediately accept her as Mio. She has no memory or sense of identity; she comes home to live with the father and son anyway. This new Mio asks Taku how they met and fell in love, and he recounts a tale of years of missed chances, beginning in high school and ending when she encouraged their marriage years later. As the rainy season draws to a close, Yuji discovers the "time capsule" he hid with his mother before her death. Mio's diary is inside, and its version of the Mio-Taku romance holds the answers to the mystery.
- Yūko Takeuchi as Mio Aio (秋穂澪)
- Shido Nakamura as Takumi Aio (秋穂巧)
- Akashi Takei as Yuji Aio (秋穂佑司), the 6 year old son of Mio Aio and Takumi Aio.
- Karen Miyama as Aya, Yuji's classmate
- Yosuke Asari as Takumi in his high school days
- Yuuta Hiraoka as Yuji when he becomes 18 years old
- Chihiro Otsuka as Mio in high school days
- Mikako Ichikawa as Midori Nagase (永瀬みどり), Takumi's co-worker
- Katsuo Nakamura as Takumi's Boss
- You as Yuji's teacher
- Suzuki Matsuo as the owner of a cake shop
- Fumiyo Kohinata as Dr. Noguchi (野口医師)
- Tokimasa Tanabe
- Kei Tanaka
Be with You was showcased at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival on 27 October 2004. It was featured as one of the festival's special screenings. The singers for the theme song, Orange Range, also held a performance of the theme song at the showcase.
- Unofficial fansite for the film (Japanese)
- Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu at the Internet Movie Database
- Be With You at AllMovie
- Be with You at the Japanese Movie Database (Japanese)