Café Lumière

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Café Lumière
Café Lumière.jpg
French promotional poster for Café Lumière
Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Produced by Liao Ching-Song, Hideji Miyajima, Fumiko Osaka, Ichirô Yamamoto
Written by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (screenplay), Chu T'ien-wen (screenplay)
Starring Yo Hitoto
Tadanobu Asano
Masato Hagiwara
Kimiko Yo
Nenji Kobayashi
Music by Yōsui Inoue
Cinematography Mark Lee Ping Bin
Edited by Liao Ching-Song
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 103 minutes
Country Japan, Taiwan
Language Japanese

Café Lumière (珈琲時光 Kōhī Jikō?) is a 2003 Japanese film directed by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien for Shochiku as homage to Yasujiro Ozu, with direct reference to the late director's Tokyo Story (1953). It premiered at a festival commemorating the centenary of Ozu's birth. It was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around Yoko Inoue (played by Yo Hitoto), a young Japanese woman doing research on Taiwanese composer Jiang Wen-Ye, whose work is featured on the soundtrack. The late composer's Japanese wife and daughter also make appearances as themselves.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Café Lumière was placed at 98 on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Film". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 

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