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The Deserted City

Original title
Haishi aka
AKA
  • Shinjuro
  • The Deserted City
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
Japan Japan
Director
Screenwriter
Chiho Katsura (Novel: Takehiko Fukunaga)
Music
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Cinematography
Yoshitaka Sakamoto
Cast
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Producer
Art Theatre Guild / PSC Company Ltd
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
After reading a newspaper article about a town being destroyed in a fire, Eguchi begins to recall the summer he spent there writing his thesis. It's a beautiful canal town, the "Venice of Japan." As he arrives, he is greeted by the daughter of the Kaibara household, Yasuko. The rest of her family seems mysteriously absent. On his first night, Eguchi hears the stifled sound of crying. He attempts to find the source, and is soon drawn into the conflict that is tearing the family apart. While he likens the town to a dream, some of the inhabitants do not share his feelings. There is a sense of being stuck in time, with ruin and death the only future.
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