Café Lumière (2003)

2003 | Taiwan / Japan | Hou Hsiao-hsien | ★★★★★

Hou Hsiao-hsien's Café Lumière is a touching, beautifully drawn tribute to Ozu Yasujirō, produced to celebrate the centenary of the great Japanese master’s birth, featuring some gorgeous imagery and a tender central performance from Hitoto Yō.


"Making her way through life by forming superficial relationships, Yoko (Japanese pop idol Yo Hitoto) keeps everyone at arm's length, whether it's her father (Nanji Kobayashi) and stepmother (Kimiko Yo) or Hajime (Tadanobu Asano), the owner of a small bookstore who could be the father of her unborn child. Yoko seems most at home when she's riding the train, speeding around the city with only her thoughts to entertain her." TMDb

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