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Cafe Lumiere (Taiwan Version)
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A cup of coffee is enough to transform your mood - at least it works for Yoko (Yo Hitoto) in Hou Hsiao Hsien's Cafe Lumiere. Yoko finds her peace in enjoying coffee with her friend Hajime (Asano Tadanobu). With a cup of coffee in her hands, she can retreat from her own problems and stay calm, even for just a while, so that she will have the courage to move on to another stage in her life.

Yoko is a freelance writer researching on the Taiwan-born Japanese singer Jiang Ewn-ye. She met Hajime, the owner of a second-hand bookstore, while doing research at his shop. Since then the two have spent a good deal of quality time together in coffee shops. One day Yoko discovers that she is pregnant and she announces to her parents, whom she has not seen for a while, that she has decided to become an unwed mother. Her parents are worried, but Hajime feels even worse for he cannot express his love for Yoko. Meanwhile, Yoko's research on Jiang Ewn-ye has inspired her to reexamine her relationships with her family, Hajime, the baby, and many others.

This film is a tribute to Japanese master Ozu Yasujiro to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birthday. The spirit of Ozu's films, especially Tokyo Story, can easily be felt in Coffee Lumiere. Hou Hsiao Hsien admits that he has been thinking of how Ozu would have shot a film in today's Japan. Cafe Lumiere has been selected for numerous film festivals.

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Product Title: Cafe Lumiere (Taiwan Version) 珈琲時光 又名: 咖啡時光 (台灣版) 珈琲时光 又名: 咖啡时光 (台湾版) 珈琲時光 (台灣版) Cafe Lumiere (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Hitoto Yo (Actor) | Hagiwara Masato | Kobayashi Nenji | Yo Kimiko | Zhu Tian Wen 淺野忠信 (Actor) | 一青窈 (Actor) | 荻原聖人 | 小林稔侍 | 余貴美子 | 朱天文 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 一青窈 (Actor) | 荻原圣人 | 小林稔侍 | 余贵美子 | 朱天文 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 一青窈 (Actor) | 萩原聖人 | 小林稔侍 | 余貴美子 | 朱天文 Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Hitoto Yo (Actor) | Hagiwara Masato | Kobayashi Nenji | Yo Kimiko | Zhu Tian Wen
Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien 侯 孝賢 侯孝贤 侯孝賢 (ホウ・シャオシェン) Hou Hsiao Hsien
Release Date: 2005-05-10
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Aurora
Package Weight: 250 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004006304

Product Information

* Screen Format: 4:3
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-5

侯孝賢執導 紀念日本名匠小津安二郎一百年冥誕之作
釜山影展『年度亞洲電影人』獎 入圍威尼斯影展競賽類

「小津導演今日會用什麼眼光去拍攝日本的樣子,我就是以這種心情去面對。我希望將現代日本人已經忘記的“替人著想,珍惜當下每一瞬間”這個座右銘,當作一個普遍性的主題,靜靜地在一旁點綴著。」------- 侯孝賢

  書店老闆肇 (淺野忠信飾演),對電車鐵路十分著迷,經常手攜錄音器材,記錄東京的生活聲音。他的好朋友陽子 (一青窈飾演) 是一位女作家,兩人不時在啡咖店消磨時間。直至有一天,陽子發現自己未婚懷孕,父母對陽子執意要當單親媽媽,感到十分擔憂;另一方面,肇不知不覺中喜歡了陽子,卻無法表達清楚自己的愛意。日復一復,陽子的心裡充斥著家人的煩擾、對肇的感情、以及那個即將來臨的小生命…

  Shot in Japan with Japanese actors and actresses, [Café’ Lumiere] was the first time for Hou Hsiao-Hsien to shoot a film entirely in a foreign location in a foreign language. For Hou, [Café’ Lumiere] is an important work in a new medium and he aims to portray the real and evince other things the eye cannot see. As he paints a picture of modern Japan, the audience are struck by the universality of his theme of “loving people and savoring each and every moment.”

  Yoko (Yo Hitoto), a freelance writer becomes friends with the proprietor of a secondhand bookstore, Hajime (Tadanobu Asano) and the two spend a great deal of time together in coffee shops. Yoko was raised in the rural town of Yubari by her sight-impaired uncle, but has created a good relationship with her father and step-mother. One day Yoko tells her parents that she is pregnant. The father of the child is Taiwanese. Her parents worry for Yoko’s future and her choice to become an unmarried mother. Although he cannot articulate his feelings, Hajime is filled with love for Yoko. In her daily life Yoko comes to reevaluate her view of her family, Hajime, and the new life growing inside her…..
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September 28, 2005

This professional review refers to Cafe Lumiere (DVD) (Japan Version)
Hou Hsaio-hsien's Café Lumiere, his plaintive tribute to the incomparable Yasujiro Ozu, is certainly sure to piss off large sections of its audience. I had the curious experience of seeing it with quite a big audience at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and much of this crowd was comprised of people who were only there to ensure themselves good seats for the next session in that cinema: Kung Fu Hustle, introduced live by Stephen Chow himself. Needless to say, with the notoriously slow and static Hou directing a tribute to someone who was not exactly Michael Bay either, there was a great deal of restlessness at the screening.

While certain scenes composed from Ozu's legendary "tatami mat" camera angle will definitely bring knowing smiles to the faces of many viewers, the overall style of the film is far more Hou than Ozu. And trains, this movie is all about trains: Ozu's repeated use of them in his work is reborn in Café Lumiere as a more aggressive motif, the constant movement of trains, whether the camera is viewing them from inside or out, is made all the more fascinating by Hou's uncompromisingly static setups.

Employing an overtly Ozu-esque theme of generational conflict and disconnection, with all the appropriate subtlety, Café Lumiere is interesting in the light of Ozu's work in that its older characters, specifically Yoko's parents, are essentially the young people of Ozu's films. The result of this is a poignant illustration of how such conflict is universal throughout time, and not just some exclusive product of Japan's post-war Westernisation as is usually ascribed to Ozu's work.

Beyond general themes, motifs and references - both stylistic and overtly quotational - to Ozu, this is very much a Hou film. His lack of interest in conventional narrative far exceeds that of his inspirer: if Ozu was happy to use mundane, but nonetheless robust, narratives as clotheslines on which to hang his thematic obsessions and hone his stylistic system, Hou doesn't even see the need for that clothesline. Nonetheless, this movie is gorgeous in its style, and acutely contemplative about the emotional state of a young woman going through the most important time in her life, in a world frighteningly bereft of meaningful connection. It seems particularly appropriate that I don't remember seeing a movie set in modern Japan that is so lacking in big crowds of people as this one.

Naturally, many people find this kind of filmmaking alienating at best, and infuriating at worst. Additionally, it is held to be a depressing film even by those who admire it, but personally I found it tranquil and relaxing in a particularly pleasant way. Or at least I would have, if the people sitting around me weren't going on and on about how terrible it was. Each to their own. 9 trains symbolising elegiac lament, or something, out of 10 by Ben Jennings

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

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February 20, 2006

I love this movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is my favorite movie by Hou Xiao Xien. I have
already watched it several times. Every time, you
learn something new and wonderful.
This is also Hototo Yo's movie debut. She is superb and
a very natural actress. She also has a very interesting
and intelligent face. Hope to see many more movies
with her in it.(aside from being a great singer).
Asano Tadanobu needs no introduction. He is perfect
for his role. I love the mood, the details and the pace
in which director Hou tells his story.
Don't miss this movie.
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February 12, 2006

This customer review refers to Cafe Lumiere (DVD) (Japan Version)
An Excellent Work By Director Hou Xiao Xien Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Dirtector Hou's films are always interesting. Here,
as a homage to the famed Japanese director Ozu, he
was invited to do a film. Hence "Cafe Lumiere" happened.
The best thing about the movie is in its many little
details depicting a young woman (a writer)'s daily
life. The cast is perfect. Asano Tadanobu needs no
introduction, his quiet and shy demeanor I always find
terribly attractive. For her first movie, Yo Hitoto
was great. The art of train stations apparently was
really the work of Asano Tadanobu. I enjoyed this movie a lot.
The interview of director Hou was most interesting.
You have to know Chinese to understand it.
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