Be with You (2004 film)

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Be with You
Be with You film poster.jpg
Japanese release poster
Japaneseいま、会いにゆきます
Directed byNobuhiro Doi
Produced byHideyuki Honma
Written byYoshikazu Okada
Based onBe with You
by Takuji Ichikawa
StarringYūko Takeuchi
Shido Nakamura
Music bySuguru Matsutani
CinematographyTakahide Shibanushi
Edited byShinichi Hiroshi
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 30 October 2004 (2004-10-30) (Japan)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box officeUS$46.6 million[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][3] 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.[4] 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.[4] It was featured as one of the festival's special screenings.[4] The singers for the theme song, Orange Range, also held a performance of the theme song at the showcase.[4]

Theme song[edit]

Okinawan alternative rock band Orange Range sang the theme song of this movie called Hana.[4] It was the top selling single of 2005.[citation needed]

Remake[edit]

A South Korean remake starring So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin was released on March 14, 2018.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IMA, AI NI YUKIMASU box office gross". IMDb, inc. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "いま、会いにゆきます on cinematoday". cinematoday (in Japanese). Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Profile of Takuji Ichikawa". Red Circle Authors. Archived from the original on 23 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  4. ^ 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). 28 October 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  5. ^ "[V Report] Son Ye-jin talks about starring alongside So Ji-sub". K-POP Herald.

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