Adrift in Tokyo

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Directed bySatoshi Miki
Written byYoshinaga Fujita
Satoshi Miki
StarringJoe Odagiri
Tomokazu Miura
Kyoko Koizumi
Yuriko Yoshitaka
Music byOsamu Sakaguchi
CinematographySôhei Tanikawa
Edited byNobuyuki Takahashi
Release date
  • 10 November 2007 (2007-11-10)

Adrift in Tokyo (Japanese: 転々, Hepburn: tenten) is a 2007 Japanese film based on a novel by Yoshinaga Fujita.


Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long as Fumiya agrees to walk with him across Tokyo to the police station of Kasumigaseki, where he intends to turn himself in for a crime he deeply regrets. Not having much choice, Fumiya accepts the deal. Thus begins their journey. Based on the original novel by the 125th Naoki Prize winner Yoshinaga Fujita.[1]



  • Director: Satoshi Miki (Damejin, Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected, The Insects Unlisted in the Encyclopedia)
  • Writer (Screenplay) : Satoshi Miki (Damejin, Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected, The Insects Unlisted in the Encyclopedia)
  • Writer (Novel) : Yoshinaga Fujita
  • Cinematographer : Souhei Tanigawa
  • Editor : Nobuyuki Takahashi
  • Sound : Mitsuru Seya
  • Production Designer : Keiko Mitsumatsu
  • Production Companies : Aoi Promotion, Geneon Entertainment and Style Jam



  • Fantasia International Film Festival: Best Script (Satoshi Miki); Special Mention (Jo Odagiri and Tomokazu Miura)
  • Kinema Junpo Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Tomokazu Miura)

International Release[edit]

  • Japan : November 10, 2007
  • Canada : Montreal : April 10, 2009 – (DÉRIVE À TOKYO) Toronto : May 1, 2009 & Vancouver : May 22, 2009


  • “Satoshi Miki makes a Masterpiece. ...Miki puts together a great comedy from start to finish.”

Mark Schilling, The Japan Times

  • “Together, (Odagiri & Miura) make for good cinematic company. Their trip through Tokyo shows us the city from a perspective we may not have seen and reminds us that the world is full of small and large beauties...”

Jay Seaver, eFilmCritic

  • “... has the kind of low-key, effortless charm that most movies sweat for. ... it is a masterpiece of throwaway lines and little oddities. This is a lovely film that should not be missed.”

David Austin, Cinema Strikes Back

  • “ of the five best films in the world for 2008. It’s just as good on second viewing. ...a meandering, quirky and surprisingly beautiful piece of work that perfectly balances humour and emotion.”

Todd Brown, Twichfilm

  • “...a droll charmer. ... gently but heartily amusing throughout...”

Russell Edwards, Variety

  • “... a comic stroll that is indeed aimless, but consciously, introspectively, and out-of-left-field hilariously so.”

Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice

  • “...before I knew it I was hooked in and in step with two characters as they lead me on a walking tour of Tokyo and their pasts.”

Emer Schlosser, Inside E Online

Other Reviews :

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Original Title : Tenten
  • Origin Country : Japan
  • Format: 35 mm
  • Duration: 101 min
  • Color
  • Sound: Dolby SRD


  1. ^ Announced July 18th 2001 Japan Weekly Monitor, Kyodo News International, Tokyo, Japan July 23rd 2001

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