Café Lumière

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Café Lumière
Café Lumière.jpg
French promotional poster for Café Lumière
Directed byHou Hsiao-hsien
Produced byLiao Ching-Song, Hideji Miyajima, Fumiko Osaka, Ichirō Yamamoto
Written byHou Hsiao-hsien (screenplay), Chu T’ien-wen (screenplay)
StarringYo Hitoto
Tadanobu Asano
Masato Hagiwara
Kimiko Yo
Nenji Kobayashi
Music byYōsui Inoue
CinematographyMark Lee Ping Bin
Edited byLiao Ching-Song
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
Running time
103 minutes
CountryJapan, Taiwan

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 Yasujirō 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.


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.



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


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

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