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
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 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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