Be with You (film)

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Be With You
Be with You film poster.jpg
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
Cinematography Takahide Shibanushi
Edited by Shinichi Hiroshi
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s)
  • 30 October 2004 (2004-10-30) (Japan)
Running time 119 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$46,616,207[1]

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.[2] The film was adapted from the novel by Yoshikazu Okada, and it was directed by Nobuhiro Doi.[2] It stars actress Yūko Takeuchi as Mio Aio and actor Shido Nakamura as Takumi Aio.[2]

Be with You was first released at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival.[3] It was subsequently released in Japanese cinemas on 30 October 2004.[2] The film grossed a total of $46,616,207 from its screenings in Japan and overseas countries.[1]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Be with You was showcased at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival on 27 October 2004.[3] It was featured as one of the festival's special screenings.[3] The singers for the theme song, Orange Range, also held a performance of the theme song at the showcase.[3]

Theme song[edit]

Okinawan alternative rock band Orange Range sang the theme song of this movie called Hana.[3] It was the top selling single of 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IMA, AI NI YUKIMASU box office gross". IMDb, inc. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d "いま、会いにゆきます on cinematoday". cinematoday (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "中村獅童、オレンジレンジとライブ?【第17回東京国際映画祭】". cinematoday (in Japanese). 2004-10-28. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 

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