Café Lumiere

Café Lumiere

Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien Cast: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara
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Café Lumiere

A freelance writer living in Tokyo defies social taboo by choosing life as a single mother in director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's meditative tribute to acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. When Yoko announces that she is pregnant and has no intentions of marrying the father of her child, her traditional family is outraged. Though the headstrong decision made by the young mother-to-be leaves her finding little sympathy from within her family circle, a blossoming friendship with the owner of a local second-hand bookstore goes a long way in alleviating Yoko's feelings of loneliness. As Yoko begins to re-evaluate her increasingly complicated life, her newfound friend silently pines for her despite his frustrating inability to vocalize his true feelings.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/27/2005
UPC: 0720917547626
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Lorber
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Interviews; Original theatrical trailer; Metro Lumiere documentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yo Hitoto Yoko
Tadanobu Asano Hajime
Masato Hagiwara Actor
Kimiko Yo Actor
Nenji Kobayashi Actor

Technical Credits
Hou Hsiao-Hsien Director,Screenwriter
Toshiharu Aida Production Designer
Liao Ching-song Editor,Producer
Tu Duu-chih Sound/Sound Designer
Kazumi Hoshino Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Lee Cinematographer
Hideshi Miyajima Producer
Fumiko Osaka Producer
Mark Lee Ping-bing Cinematographer
Chu Tien-wen Screenwriter
Jiang Wen-Ye Score Composer
Yoji Yamada Costumes/Costume Designer
Ichiro Yamamoto Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Café Lumière
1. Yoko [7:19]
2. The Bookstore [12:24]
3. Graveyard [8:51]
4. Bike Ride [8:06]
5. Outside Over There [7:39]
6. Not Feeling Well [6:44]
7. Research [9:21]
8. Hajime's Illustration [11:59]
9. Photo Book [5:22]
10. Parents Visit [13:10]
11. Chance Reunion [8:34]
12. End Credits [3:40]

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Café Lumiere 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I saw this, a few years maybe. I did watch it 4 times on DVD because it was truly fascinating on several different levels. It contains a love story which is kind of innocent and compelling at the same time, which is not really that common. There are some beautiful scenes that involve trains where the characters interface with complex emotions and each other. The trains are like symbolic of situations involving pregnancy, isolation, creativity and the need for friendship. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago