Labyrinth of Dreams

Synopsis: Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was killed in a bus accident. Tsuyako wrote that she felt that her fiance and driver, Niitaka, planned to kill her. Tomiko therefore plans to take revenge on Niitaka. However Tomiko falls in love with Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being the Tokyo bus driver serial killer, who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.
Director(s): Gakuryû Ishii
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
90 min

Produced by

KSS Inc.

Executive Producer

Kazuo Suzaki


Yasuhiro Ito & Satoshi Kanno

At 9:
09 pm that night...

...a crowded special up-train, bound for the capital...

...sped through the dark.

Moderate rain had turned to a downpour.

Visibility was extremely poor.

A bus, speeding through the rain, approached a crossing.

The special up-train approached that same crossing at full speed.

The bus stopped before the crossing.

Strangely, the bus started to once more move towards the crossing.

The train was travelling at approximately 25 metres per second.

The gap between the bus and the crossing was 10 metres.

If both held their courses...

...then they would collide in 9 seconds...

...and catastrophe would be inevitable.

Rena Komine

Tadanobu Asano


Based on an original story by

Kyusaku Yumeno


also starring

Kotomi Kyono

Kirina Mano

Tomoko Kurotani

Reiko Matsuo

Kyusaka Shimada

On a spring night I ponder, leaning on a telephone pole...

...the truth hidden in the heart of a murderer


Chong Wi Shing

Takeshi Ikeda

"Bus accident or double suicide?"

"Driver dead. Conductor wounded"

Written and directed by

Sogo Ishii

All clear.

At first, I envied them...

The female bus conductors...

...looked so heroic in their uniforms.

I dreamed of becoming a bus conductor.

Director of Photography

Norimichi Kasamatsu


Meicho Tomiyama

Art director

Toshihiro Isomi

Music by

Hiroyuki Onogawa

Rear all clear.

Sorry we kept you waiting.

This bus is bound for Mitokedoni.

Please board in order.

All clear.

If you are standing, please hold onto the straps.

Thank you very much.

Recording by

Masakatsu Shiobara

Please watch your step.

Thank you very much.

In order, please.

Editing by

Kan Suzuki

Thank you very much.

In order, please.

All clear.

All clear. All clear.

Please notify me of your stop.

Yes sir. We're stopping there next.

Thank you very much.

Please don't do that.

Thank you very much.


Atsuyuki Shimoda & Kenichi Kamata

The female bus conductor only looks good on the surface.

We must obey the driver's orders...

...put up with all displeasure...

...and work like a slave.

Chieko, I warn you...

...don't ever become a bus conductor.



It's the crossing.

"To Chieko Yamashita"

"From Tomiko Tomonari"

I'm sorry.

You want to go off to the city...

I know that all too well.


...I truly care for you.

I must tell you the truth.

Please don't be angry...

You must never, ever become a bus conductor.

"Female bus conductor dies in accident"

You've come a long way.

I'm sure Tsuyako is happy, too.

I can only think that it was her fate...

...but it was just before her wedding day.

It breaks my heart.

It must also be hard for Niitaka, her fianc.

The accident happened when he was driving the bus.

Niitaka, the man engaged to her...

It wasn't his fault.

But he couldn't bear the grief.

He quit the company and went away.

I heard a strange thing from my colleagues a while ago.

I wanted to tell Tsuyako, but...

...she died before I could.

A driver of the Blue Bus company in Tokyo,

had relationships with many women.

And when he got tired of them...

...he'd kill them one after another.

He was so clever that...

...he's never been suspected.

They say he's so mysterious but absolutely evil.

The police in Tokyo are coming down hard recently... he quit Blue Bus and went away to the country.

I think such a rumour... circulating only amongst us bus conductors.

Do you mean?

Does he look like him?

When I saw the picture...

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