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Not Rated | | Drama | 4 March 2005 (South Korea)
(Japanese with English subtitles) After meeting a handsome truck driver (Nao Omori) in the midst of an urban mini-mart, a 30-something freelance writer (Shinobu Terajima) embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ryuichi Hiroki

Writers:

Mari Akasaka (novel), Haruhiko Arai (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Shinobu Terajima ... Rei Hayakawa
Nao Ohmori ... Takatoshi (as Nao Ômori)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Riho Makise Riho Makise
Jun Murakami
Eugene Nomura
Miki Sakajô Miki Sakajô
Tomorô Taguchi ... Policeman
Eriko Takayanagi Eriko Takayanagi
Masahiro Toda
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(Japanese with English subtitles) After meeting a handsome truck driver (Nao Omori) in the midst of an urban mini-mart, a 30-something freelance writer (Shinobu Terajima) embarks on a life-changing emotional journey of sexual self-discovery. Ryuichi Hiroki (I Am an S&M Writer, Tokyo Trash Baby) directs this critically acclaimed road movie based on the novel by Mari Akasaka. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 March 2005 (South Korea) See more »

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Touching.
15 August 2006 | by lilyphilia-1See all my reviews

I can honestly say that the moment this movie began, I was drawn in by the coldness of Shinobu's voice... The entire message of the movie, in my opinion, is a beautiful one-- one of rebirth and renewal in one's life, and the decision to live for the better. True, the film contains long filler clips of scenery and music-- but that only gives the viewer time to take in what they've seen along the ride of VIBRATOR.

The previous reviewer of this movie states that it was absolutely horrible... But I find an artistic quality to it that touched me on a personal level. The film grasps concepts of the longing women have to fit in-- seeking out beauty by destroying ones' body, and so on. But throughout the movie a metamorphosis takes place, and Shinobu realizes that she is no longer alone and has something in her life that she should live for.

If you're into action flicks, or movies that are easy to comprehend, then I don't suggest VIBRATOR for you. However, if you've enjoyed films such as 'Last Life in the Universe' or perhaps, 'All About Lily Chou-Chou' in the past, then I would recommend this movie. There are a lot of deep messages hidden deep within the plot, and I had a fun time discovering them.


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