Maborosi

Critics Consensus

An understated examination of grief, Maboroshi is a deeply moving drama thanks to Koreeda's patient direction and achingly naturalistic performances by its impressive ensemble.

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Movie Info

Despite her outwardly happy and tranquil life as a wife and new mother, Yukimo (Makiko Esumi) is regularly troubled by a horrific nightmare about the death of her grandmother. When tragedy strikes her husband, Ikuo (Tadanobu Asano), the stress forces Yukimo into hermit-like solitude until a kindly widower (Takashi Naitô) attempts to draw her from her shell. This is the first scripted film by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, who had previously been been known for his documentaries.

Cast & Crew

Yutaka Shigenobu
Executive Producer
Naoe Gozu
Producer
Ming Chang Chen
Original Music
Masao Nakabori
Cinematographer
Tomoyo Oshima
Film Editor
Kyôko Heya
Production Design
Kyôko Heya
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24)

  • It is a sombre and painful drama, enacted with reserve.

    April 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Each character moves and speaks differently, shining with the complex inner life of a real person with real needs, real memories, real thoughts.

    July 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The tale is told in contemplative wide-angle shots; the absence of any spurious, unearned intimacy with the characters makes the climactic scenes profoundly moving.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • The film, which was made with only natural light, draws the viewer into its spiritual mood with one breathtaking shot after another, as the camera draws back to contemplate Yumiko from afar.

    May 20, 2003
  • Maborosi is one of those valuable films where you have to actively place yourself in the character's mind. There are times when we do not know what she is thinking, but we are inspired with an active sympathy.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Nothing is casual and nothing is wasted in Maborosi.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion)

  • Dec 17, 2009
    I knew nothing about this film before I watched it (rare in itself) and not a whole heap more after it had finished. I don't speak Japanese, so even the title gave nothing away. It's a slow film, a mood piece I guess about the aftermath of a young woman and her child's lives after her partner commits suicide.. Not a lot happens but its very lovely to look at and watchable in a subtle kind of way.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    moody and beautiful but extremely depressing.
    steve c Super Reviewer

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