Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

Synopsis: A dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Isabel Coixet
Production: IFC
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
109 min

Do we have to do this?

Do we really have to?

Eat sushi hot

on the navel of a woman?

If we sign the agreement,

yes, we have to

In short, it would be good to do.

You know you love this place.

They love all that is vulgar and free.

Nevertheless, in spite of the alcohol

carried in my body,

I might as well be at the zoo

eating hot dogs.

We have to fit into the idea

they have of us, Nagara-san.

Within half an hour

they'll be so be drunk

if you go they will not notice.

We'll stay with them.

There must be another way

of doing business.

There is.

But it is not profitable.

Yes? Hello?


What am I doing here?

Why didn't anyone tell me?


The smell of this fish

will never go away.

There is no day that does not

recall the breathing of Ryu,

nor a day that does not miss its silence

When I met her she was

called Ryu.

I later learned that she had

other names ...

Keiko, Momoyo, Yuri.

But Ryu, I'm almost certain,

was her real name.

We met

Sunday afternoon

in the Ramen Museum.

I said I liked

the sound it made

to sip the soup

It reminded me of

the way my mother did.

Would you let me record

the sound you make?

It's what I do.

How I make my living.

Really you make a living like that?


Recorded sounds

for a sound studio,

for radio, television, videos,

sometimes ...

some movies.

So you also record people sniffling?

Of course, I thought,

but that day

we started to be friends.

I did not know

that I would be her only friend.

From that moment

we often met in little

local bars and eateries

near the market where she worked.

One day I asked

why work there.

He said it was the only

that prevented him from thinking too much.

That was

the closest thing to a confidence

I got it.

Most times we only

her company while we ate.

Sometimes, when she was

in a good mood, she let me

record our lengthy conversations

about nothing in particular.

Do you have something to do on Sunday?

On Sunday?

Yes, on Sunday.

Why are you always

making plans?

And why you do not plan ever?

What do you know -

I make plans.

Never tell me none.

Why should I tell you?

She never told me if she was an

only child or had a brother,

if her parents were still alive.

If she had good grades

at school.

If she had read "War and Peace".

If she believed in God or something.

If when she saw an old woman

the street

had she suddenly wondered

how was she at my age.

If she had suffered.

If she was in love.

After a while,

I stopped asking.

Nagara-san ...

Midori also ...

was my life.

Today is kissing day!

A kiss is the best medicine!



Some things occured to me.

That I knew she had insomnia.

She was crazy about strawberry

sticky rice cakes.

That she was so brave

but yet feared people.

That she always believed she would die young.

One of the things that we

often did together,

was visiting cemeteries

on Sundays.

I followed her

while she

sought certain tombs

and devoted herself conscientiously

to clean the tombstones.

She never told me

who owned the graves.

I did not ask.

The silence which prevails in

a cemetery in the summer

is unlike any other

silence in the world.

We never interrupted

this silence.


Do you want to see the bathroom?





I cannot imagine a world

where my daughter is dead

and that man

continues to live.

I find it unbearable,

now she is gone,

the idea that he continue to breathe,



I know I can't do it.

Leave it in my hands.

I'll take care of everything.

She liked music,

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Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet Castillo (Catalan pronunciation: [izəˈβɛɫ kuˈʃɛt]; born 9 April 1960) is a Spanish film director. She is one of the most prolific film directors of contemporary Spain, having directed twelve feature-length films since the beginning of her film career in 1988, in addition to documentary films, shorts and commercials. Her films follow a departure from traditional national cinema of Spain, and help to “untangle films from their national context, ... clearing the path for thinking about national film from different perspectives.” The recurring themes of “emotions, feelings and existential conflict” coupled with her distinct visual style secure the “multifaceted (she directs, writes, produces and acts)” filmmaker's status as a “Catalan auteur”. more…

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