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The Japanese Dog (2013)

Câinele Japonez (original title)
When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Rebengiuc ... Costache
Serban Pavlu ... Ticu
Laurentiu Lazar Laurentiu Lazar ... Mayor
Ioana Abur Ioana Abur ... Gabi
Kana Hashimoto Kana Hashimoto ... Hiroku (as Kana Hshimoto)
Toma Hashimoto Toma Hashimoto ... Paul Koji
Alexandrina Halic Alexandrina Halic ... Leanca
Constantin Draganescu Constantin Draganescu ... Danila
Emilia Dobrin Emilia Dobrin ... Danila's wife
Toma Cuzin ... Ghita
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Electrician manager
Constantin Florescu ... Architect
Mihai Chirila Mihai Chirila ... Architect
Ion Bechet Ion Bechet ... Priest
Chinez Mihail Petru Chinez Mihail Petru ... Raducu (as Mihai Petru Chinez)
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When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. He has plans to re-build and refuses help and advice from his neighbors. The village is all he has left, except for an estranged son now living in Tokyo. But when his son Ticu hears of his mother's death and father's plight, he arrives unexpectedly with his Japanese wife and son to bring Costache back home with him. This will not be simple. Ticu fled Romania with many issues left unresolved, the biggest being his relationship with his father. Now there is a whole new family for Costache to deal with, old scores to settle, and painful goodbyes to say. Written by Cleveland International Film Festival

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian | Japanese

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

The Japanese Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Libra Film See more »
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Official submission of Romania for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. See more »

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Better than expected, but still boring
6 April 2018 | by ragnarok-737-539143See all my reviews

A few days in the life of an old guy living in rural Romania. Not a clever idea for a movie... to say it gently. No matter how good of an actor Victor Rebengiuc is, he simply can't make a good movie all by himself. This movie was doomed to fail from the start, the screenplay being the main cause. Yes I get that the action isn't so important, the characters and the father-son relationship being the focus, but you can still make things a little more interesting. Truth be told, it does have a few nice scenes... when Costache and Koji look at the pictures and when Costache gets drunk for example. Sadly though, these scenes don't make up for an overall boring movie. At least it has a somewhat conclusive ending, which is more than enough for a romanian movie.


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