Like Someone in Love

February 15th 2013
  • Drama/Romance,
  • Unrated,
  • 109 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi, Denden, Ryo Kase, Ryota Nakanishi
  • Director: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Writer: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Producers: Charles Gillibert, NathanaĆ«l Karmitz, Abbas Kiarostami
  • D.O.P.: Katsumi Yanagijima
  • Music: Elise Luguern
  • VFX Supervisor: Nicolas Marcos


When Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a lovely Tokyo student who moonlights as a call girl, is dispatched to a new client in the suburbs, she is surprised to find the shy and elderly Takashi (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno), a committed academic constantly distracted by work-related phone calls.

The lonely widower seems far more interested in playing house than having sex, however, and the young woman soon falls asleep. The next day, when the two encounter Akiko's volatile boyfriend Noriaki (Ryo Kase), Takashi plays into Noriaki's assumption that he is actually Akiko's grandfather.

As the three settle into their new roles, Takashi finds himself becoming the protector that Akiko so desperately needs.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Filming Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Production Budget: $4.8 million
  • Production Companies: Euro Space, MK2 Productions

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Though he's been directing features within his home country for four decades, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami really broke through in a big way with 2010's "Certified Copy." A big hit with art house audiences and critics a year ago. It was a project that introduced many cinemagoers to the Iranian filmmaker's work.

Now comes his next effort, a second non-Iranian production, which has been shot completely in Japanese and on location in Tokyo. The story follows the unusual relationship between a student (Rin Takanashi) working part-time as a prostitute, and her new client - a brilliant elderly academic (Tadashi Okuno). The characters each has a pre-conceived notion of the other going into this relationship, perceptions that they and the audience will come to question throughout the film.

If 'Copy' was a rumination on art, this is a layered examination of personal identity with an ambiguous finale that should cause much debate. It's a quiet and deliberately paced, and reviews have been quite mixed. Almost everyone seems to compliment the techniques and filmmaking on display, while the complaints are all along the same line - that narratively it feels like a decidedly unfinished affair."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 September 2012: Japan
  • 10 October 2012: France
  • 16 November 2012: Brazil
  • 6 December 2012: Greece
  • 10 January 2013: Netherlands
  • 18 April 2013: Portugal
  • 1 May 2013: Italy