Sketches of Kaitan City

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Sketches of Kaitan City
Sketches of Kaitan City movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Produced by Michio Koshikawa
Written by Takashi Ujita
Based on Yasushi Sato
Music by Jim O'Rourke
Cinematography Ryuto Kondo
Edited by Yoshisuke Hori
Distributed by Slow Learner
Release date
  • 18 December 2010 (2010-12-18)
Running time
152 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Sketches of Kaitan City (海炭市叙景, Kaitanshi Jokei) is a 2010 Japanese drama film directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, starring Mitsuki Tanimura and Ryo Kase.



The film had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010.[1] It was released in Japan on 18 December 2010.[2]


Dustin Chang of Twitch Film felt that the film "resembles strongly of the neo-neo realism of the Dardenne brothers' films but without their sense of hope".[3] Meanwhile, Maggie Lee of The Hollywood Reporter noted Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's "low key but tender depictions of working class people and subtle assimilation of socio-economical realities, redolent of the works of Jia Zhangke and Wang Bing's West of the Tracks".[4]


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