International Title
Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World
Japanese Title
 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ
 [Sekai no Chushin de, Ai o Sakebu]
Production: Toho / TBS / Hakuhodo / Shogakukan / MBS / SDP
Distributor: Toho Japan: 2004
  Time: 138 minutes
 
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Details
Sakutaro Matsumoto, a man engaged to be married, discovers a series of cassette tapes containing messages left to him by his first love, Aki, who died at a young age from leukemia many years before. Unable to repress his memories of her, he ventures to the various places the recordings were made: from piers by the ocean to school gymnasiums to cemeteries. While listening to the cassettes, he begins to re-experience the emotions—both the blissful and the traumatic—along the way. His fiancee, Ritsuko, who also knew the deceased, becomes involved in the emotional journey herself. Sakutaro becomes convinced to finally fulfill a promise he made to Aki—a promise he could not keep while she was still alive....

Staff
Directed by Isao Yukisada
Writing credits Isao Yukisada, Yuji Sakamoto, Kyouichi Katayama
Produced by Minami Ichikawa, Kei Haruna
Music by Meyna Co., Kiyoko Ogino
Cinematography by Noboru Shinoda
Film Editing by Takeshi Imai
Assistant Director Masatoshi Kurakata
Cast
Sakutaro Matsumoto Takao Osawa
Ritsuko Fujimura Ko Shibasaki
Aki Hirose Masami Nagasawa
Sakutaro "Saku" Matsumoto (High School Era) Mirai Moriyama
Shigezou Matsumoto Tsutomu Yamazaki
Ryunosuke Ooki Kankuro Kudo
Johnny Kanji Tsuda
Ryunosuke, High School Student Issei Takahashi
Ritsuko Rio Kanno
Aki's Father Tetta Sugimoto
Johnny (High School Era) Katsutaka Furuhata
Classmates Kenta Uchino, Aki Nishihara, Masaru Miyazaki, Marie Kawaguchi, Maika Matsumoto, Yuka Terazaki
Ritsuko's Mother Misato Tanaka
Yuko Nakagawa Kazusa Matsuda
Sakutaro's Mother Midori Kiuchi
Sakutaro's Boss Yuki Amami
Movie Director Yoshimitsu Morita
D.J. Misato Watanabe
English Teacher Dandi Sakano
Ninagawa Teacher Yoshimasa Kondo
- Yoichi Okamura
- Yukiko Okamoto
- Masahiro Noguchi
- Machiko Ono
- Eri Yamazaki
- Maki Horikita
- Kanako Higuchi
- Mark Saunders
- Michael Longbottom
- Charlie Brown
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
None N/A

Posters

Box Office
Release Date: May 19th, 2004 (Japan)
Opening Weekend: $5,544,671 (Japan, 269 Theaters)
Attendance: 6,250,000 (Japan)
Total: ¥8,500,000,000 / $77,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 2 Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World: Standard Edition Toho (2004)
Region 2 Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World: Special Edition Toho (2004)

Reviews
Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
March 28, 2007
Patrick Galvan Star Rating
June 30, 2014