Café Lumière
Filmfest 2005

A residential neighborhood in Tokyo. Yoko, a freelance writer researching musical legend Jiang Ewn-Ye, befriends Hajime, the owner of a secondhand bookstore. They spend many hours together in the district’s coffee shops and train stations. Yoko feels she can tell the quiet, calm Hajime anything. When she is with him, she experiences an unusual peace of mind, a calmness of spirit. For his part, Hajime loves Yoko profoundly, but remains silent. Yoko has a good relationship with her father and step-mother. But when she returns to her father’s house and tells them she is pregnant, and has no intention of marrying the Taiwanese father, they are deeply concerned. Hajime too is shocked by Yoko's revelation but, as ever, cannot articulate his feelings. Yoko begins to re-evaluate everything: her life, her family, the child growing inside her...

tags: Feature film

Cast: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara


Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien