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Crying out love in the centre of the world 在世界中心呼喚愛

Sakutaro said on a tape that he would pick her up at mid-night to go to Australia. He came as promised and they were looking out through the window and the weather was extremely poor. They took a taxi and headed for the airport. They never made it to Australia because of the typhoon, all flights were cancelled and they had no choice but to return to the hospital. Aki's condition worsened to a point that she was too weak to go anywhere and she made her final recording and gave it to Ritsuko to pass to Sakutaro. Aki passed away and Ritsuko had a car accident not far from the hospital and the tape was mis-placed (this is the tape that Ritsuko rediscovered among old things in modern day)

To Sakutaro, Aki was never dead as he didn't get to see her on her final day.
---Back to modern day---
Ritsuko took shelter from the heavy rain at the photo shop where the old owner is still around. She saw the wedding photo that Sakutaro and Aki took 17 years ago, Aki died not so long after the photo was taken. Ritsuko felt guilty that she did not pass the tape to Sakutaro, she left the tape with the old man and left the camera shop before Sakutaro arrived. The old man passed Sakutaro the tape, feeling very sad and lost he asked the old man what he should do. The old man advised that people who are still alive can finish the wishes of those who are no longer with us.

Sakutaro went after Ritsuko and found her at the airport, it was like the day when Sakutaro was trying to take Aki to Australia and there was a typhoon out there. Ritsuko explained how she felt so sad and guilty for not being able to give him the tape before. Sakutaro said he and Aki will never blame her and asked her to complete Aki's dying wish with him. They went to Australia together in the middle of the desert where the holy land is and let the wind took Aki's ashes and may she rest in eternal peace...

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Comment from: dominicchan  

Replied by Doris. My rating:5

My review:
Well, I like this movie, but it’s not on ‘my favourite’ list.
It’s a good piece of work which contains most of those important elements - good story, acting, cinematography, music & even the chinese name of this movie has added some credits.
However, I don’t like 2 minor points. One is the story line between Sakutaro & his fiancee Ritsuko. It’s not meaningful to the core bitter-sweet love story between young Sakutaro & Aki, which is most touching for the audiences.
I was not shocked in knowing that Ritsuko was the little girl who always passed Sakutaro the cassette tape. However, Sakutaro seems has no reaction in knowing that too, & knowing even her leg was permanently damaged by the tragic accident during delivery.
Another scene which I don’t like is the ending. Don’t you think Sakutaro & Ritsuko should find out the place of that photo first before letting go of Aki’s ash? It’s Aki’s last wish to be free in “the centre of the world". I suppose they’re on the way there, they got off the car just due to car problem but then got the ‘ceremony’ done quickly. Am I right?
Anyway, it’s a good movie although I didn’t cry.
When one’s lover has been died, how the one being left should do? To survive sadly or to cherish that ‘being loved until the day he/she died.? I’m not fan of Titanic, but I really like Rose who could still live it real without Jack, & she’s never forgot what Jack had ever said until she died.

10/21/06 @ 19:03
Comment from: dominicchan  

Replied by irene. My rating:5

My review:
Sorry, I haven’t seen this movie and I put 5 because I find the story good and trust my friend’s comments. Just to respond to Doris last point of death, what we can do it to cherish and try to live well by ourselves. It’s hard to imagine without trying it by ourselves. But there must be some happy elements missing.

10/21/06 @ 19:04
Comment from: dominicchan  

Replied by Lillian. My rating:5

My review:
The movie is so great. I cried several times when I saw it. It was so touching and I like it very much. Thank you for your recommendation.
I also like the scene Aki playing piano in the hall. The music is wonderful. Sakutaro phoned his friends and cried; he said how could he forget Aki. I can feel the strong affection. I was deeply touched by the airport scene. Aki and Sakutaro planned to go to Australia but their flight was canceled because of typhoon. Sakutaro held Aki in his arms and cried:? Please save her!? I suddenly felt myself so lucky and I should treasure my love, cherish the day sharing with my lover. Hope all the lovers can live a happy life together.
I recommend this movie to all of my friends. It is a good movie worthwhile to appreciate.

10/21/06 @ 19:06