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Hoteru Bînasu (2004)

Drama | 125 minutes
3,78 9 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 125 minuten

Alternative titles: The Hotel Venus / ホテル ビーナス

Country: Japan

Directed by: Hideta Takahata

Stars: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Miki Nakatani and Teruyuki Kagawa

IMDb score: 6,6 (197)

Releasedate: 10 September 2004

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Hoteru Bînasu plot

In a remote village, Hotel Venus is a meeting place for people who are emotionally affected. Chonan works there as a bartender and handyman, and also carries a dark past with him, but by talking with the guests he slowly manages to overcome his own problems.

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Onderhond

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Nice,

almost 20 years (and 3 messages) later, this film managed to charm me again. It's quite crazy how quickly this film was defunct, especially since it was one that was released with English subs. A rarity in Japan, unfortunately it didn't help much.

Visually it remains very beautiful, with monochrome cinematography that still manages to ensure that the story (with flashbacks) is not too difficult to follow. The characters are fascinating, the setting is slightly mysterious and the acting (combo of Japanese and Korean actors) is good.

Maybe within about 10 years the film will get a chance at a second life, as everyone becomes a fan of the 00s again. For now, I'm afraid it's a bit too early for a reappraisal. But in any case a gem that should certainly be rediscovered. Hopefully with a little visual polish, that's the only thing really missing.

4.0* and a extensive review

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