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Cafe Lumiere (2003) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Hitoto Yo (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Hagiwara Masato (Actor) | Kobayashi Nenji (Actor)
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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.

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Product Title: Cafe Lumiere (2003) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 珈琲時光 (2003) (DVD) (台灣版) 珈琲时光 (2003) (DVD) (台湾版) 珈琲時光 Cafe Lumiere (2003) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: Café Lumiere Café Lumiere Café Lumiere Café Lumiere Café Lumiere
Artist Name(s): Hitoto Yo (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Hagiwara Masato (Actor) | Kobayashi Nenji (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor) 一青窈 (Actor) | 淺野忠信 (Actor) | 荻原聖人 (Actor) | 小林稔侍 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) 一青窈 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 荻原圣人 (Actor) | 小林稔侍 (Actor) | 余贵美子 (Actor) 一青窈 (Actor) | 浅野忠信 (Actor) | 萩原聖人 (Actor) | 小林稔侍 (Actor) | 余貴美子 (Actor) Hitoto Yo (Actor) | Asano Tadanobu (Actor) | Hagiwara Masato (Actor) | Kobayashi Nenji (Actor) | Yo Kimiko (Actor)
Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien 侯 孝賢 侯孝贤 侯孝賢 (ホウ・シャオシェン) Hou Hsiao Hsien
Writer: Hou Hsiao Hsien | Zhu Tian Wen 侯 孝賢 | 朱天文 侯孝贤 | 朱天文 侯孝賢 (ホウ・シャオシェン) | 朱天文 Hou Hsiao Hsien | Zhu Tian Wen
Release Date: 2017-07-14
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Taiwan, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 108 (mins)
Publisher: Taisheng Multimedia Corporation
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060783984

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自由作家楊子(一青窈 飾)與經營書店的肇(淺野忠信 飾)是經常一同消磨時間的好朋友。某日,陽子發現自己懷孕了,對象是個台灣男子。陽子的父母對女兒執意選擇單親媽媽這條路,感到十分擔憂;同時,喜歡陽子的肇無法清楚向陽子表達自己的好感。於是,日復一日,陽子的心裡掛念著家人的事、肇的事、還有那個即將來臨的新生命……。
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Professional Review of "Cafe Lumiere (2003) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

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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Customer Review of "Cafe Lumiere (2003) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

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

This customer review refers to Cafe Lumiere (Taiwan Version)
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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