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Directed by Yuki Tanada

Japan 2015 97 mins.

Hachiko Hojo (Yuko Oshima, formerly of pop idol group AKB48) is an unassuming, hard-working attendant on the Romance Car—so named because of its side-by-side seats without armrests between—a luxury tourist train that carries visitors from Tokyo to outlying destinations. On a normal workday, she meets a snaky film producer (Koji Okura) who tries to steal items from her concession cart. This simple act propels the two on a wayward journey to the stunning town of Hakone; there, the trip quickly becomes one of personal exploration and reflection as they develop a strangely honest relationship in which the layers of their personal histories slowly peel back.

Genres: Romance

Appears in: Japanese Currents