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Friday, April 28, 2006

Heaven's Bookstore

天国の本屋... (In GSC Cinema now...)

Does love go beyond the span of a human life? Can true love exist even in heaven? Where do we go after we die?

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara
Cast: Yuko Takeuchi, Tetsuji Tamayama, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yoshio Harada

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Story began with....

Heaven's Bookstore opens with Kenta (Tetsuji Tamayama), a failing classical pianist, being brought to heaven by Yamaki (Yoshio Harada) to work in a bookstore where books are read aloud to customers. Apparently, each person has a 100-year lifespan, and if a person dies before they reach 100 years of age, the rest of their years are spent in heaven waiting for reincarnation. However, Kenta isn't dead, he's just there as a part-time worker for some unknown reason (which is only slightly hinted at towards the end of the film).

One day, Shoko (Yuko Takeuchi) goes to the bookstore and Kenta immediately recognizes her as the pianist who inspired him to play the piano as a child. Kenta and Shoko become friends, and inspired by Kenta's passion, Shoko begins to teach him how to master the piano - though Shoko, who is deaf in one ear cannot play the piano herself. In return, Kenta helps Shoko complete the unfinished piano piece she was working on before her death. Meanwhile, Shoko's niece Kanako (in a Love Letter-style twist, Kanako is also played by Yuko Takeuchi) tries to revive the town fireworks show for the first time in over 12 years.

The show features Wabi, a type of Japanese fireworks also known as the "Loving Fireworks", which made the shows legendary at one time. But Kanako has to first convince the talented fireworks craftsman Takimoto (Teruyuki Kagawa), the only man in the region who can make Wabi, to come out of retirement, plus get over his guilt from the accident 13 years ago that left Shoko deaf in one ear.

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