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Yoshimitsu Morita

Lost Paradise (Shitsurakuen)

119' - 1997 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Yoshimitsu Morita Composer: Michiru Oshima With: Kôji Yakusho, Hitomi Kuroki, Akira Terao
Kuki Shoichiro, a vet newsman, has recently been promoted sideways out of the fast track. All his years of unstinting effort were in vain. The raison d’être that has sustained him all these years taken away, he falls in love with Matsubara Rinko, a part-time calligraphy teacher nicknamed “Mrs Print” as much for her conventional, straight-arrow character as for the squared-off “printed” style of character calligraphy she favours. Kuki and Rinko find in their affair a connection that Rinko, in her arranged marriage to a prominent doctor, and Kuki, sidelined in his career and distant from his family, have been without. Mingled with their excitement in each other, however, is terror at the yawning gulf of isolation from their respective worlds.

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Yoshimitsu Morita


Michiru Oshima


Kôji Yakusho, Hitomi Kuroki, Akira Terao

Director of Photography

Hiroshi Takase


Shinji Tanaka


Masato Hara

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Screenplay based on

"Shitsurakuen" (Watanabe Junichi)



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