Tokyo Oasis

Synopsis: The floating clouds between the high buildings, the lines of the taillights under the moonlight, the swirling human waves... Every view in Tokyo looks as if it is alive. Before even she realizes, TOUKO starts to run away from somewhere in the city. As an actress in a fantasy world, Touko seems to have lost her grip on reality. Along her journey, she makes acquaintance with people who carry similar issues. A midnight truck driver NAGANO, who happens to give Touko a ride, is grappling with the discovery of his soul, and his soul is unable to move forward. His escape from reality is to continually move from place to place. A movie theater manager KIKUCHI is uncertain of her life. She has moved to new surroundings but feels more lost than ever. A young job seeker at the zoo YASUKO has no faith in her future. She thinks that the luck is slipping away from her. During the extraordinary time they spend together Touko and the 3 characters start to feel a new awareness growing and discover a na
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Tokyo Oasis


That'll be 350 yen.

Out of 500.

Your change is 1 50 yen.

Thank you.

A rolling receive.

Excuse me?

You did a rolling receive, just now.

What are you laughing at?

Don't play jokes.

That was dangerous.

Would you give me a lift?


Could you give me a ride in this van?

Sorry. I was just trying to hitch a ride,

but no truck stopped.

This van's getting on the expressway

from over there, isn't it?

That expressway over there.

Why do I have to give a stranger a ride?

At this late hour, give a woman in black

who suddenly appears, a ride?

Besides, a woman who tried to die.

Is this a horror? It's terrifying.

It's not terrifying. Not at all.

I didn't appear suddenly. I was trying

to hitchhike here before you came.

The black dress makes me unnoticeable.

So, I tried to get some attention.

I wasn't trying to die.

I have to get on that expressway and go.

Aren't you afraid of me?

Doesn't getting a ride from a stranger

scare you?

I may be a bad man.

No one with boxes of lettuce in a van

can be bad.

Oh, Tokyo Tower.

It came up suddenly.

That was scary.

Is it because I saw something huge

at night?

Don't you get scared

when you see something huge at night?

Where's the funeral?

What's that?

Where's the funeral going to be?

Or, is it the wake?

Where are you headed for?

You're answering my question

with a question.

I'm going as far as where I need

to get off the expressway.

Then, please give me a ride

to wherever that is.

You don't know where I'm getting off.

Is that okay with you?

That's fine.

Thank you so much for giving me a ride

today. I really appreciate it.

Did someone you love die today?

The person must mean much to you

to rush over at night.

Yes, a person I loved dearly

also died today.

In my daily life, it happens often

that someone I love dies.

That sounds odd.

The way you said that is very strange.

Until a while ago, we were shooting

near that convenience store.

Shooting a movie.

Actually, it's still going on,

but I just slipped out.


with a pack of tea.

It's good to carry tea with you.

Just say you're going on a break.

Shooting a movie?

At that time and place?

How convenient for you.

When I first saw you,

I thought for sure I met you somewhere.

Was it simply because I've seen you on TV?

It's a lie. I lied.

I'm a liar.

Every day, I tell lies,

and now

it's become a habit with me.

I guess so.

It does sound phony.

What part of your story is the truth

and what isn't?

On the top of that skinny tall building,

there's a lone signboard standing.

I bet it's an illuminated signboard

though the lights're out.

It had illuminated message

moving up and down, I guess.

It's completely dark now,

but still interesting.

I like things like that.

I don't know why, but I really like it.

An airplane.

There's an airplane.

I wonder where it's going

at this late hour.

When you see planes at night,

aren't you tempted to go somewhere?

So, it's going to rain in Shanghai


Finally, we're back to the weather.

It'll be cloudy in NY, rainy in Shanghai,

and sunny in Tokyo tomorrow.

Now for the exciting Hot News.

That story about a housewife

climbing a tall chimney alone was amusing.

The next is about marriage fraud.

We've always had marriage frauds

for years.

But what's new about this guy is --

he's a "herbivore."

A "soshoku danshi" marriage fraud.

Cool. Fascinating.

He's clean-cut and

looks great in striped shirts.

Yes, yes, yes. He only eats greens.

And he's an older-lady-killer.

His tracks disappeared after he tried to

marry a woman 14 years older.

He appears mainly in Tokyo

and around the North Kanto area.

His work varied from a plumber,

to an organic vegetable vendor to

even a primary school teacher.

"What a fool I've been!" he exclaimed.

He tried to swim around

inside the cave,

covering as much area

as it would allow him.

When people are distressed,

they frequently pace around the room

just in this fashion.

Unfortunately, the salamander's habitat

wasn't very large for swimming around.

It's Ibuse's novel.

Why did you change the channel?

About the marriage fraud,

that story of the marriage fraud

was interesting.

I don't want to hear it.

Aren't you interested in it?

Because that marriage fraud is me.

That's why.

The order for kitsune udon.

Two bowls of kitsune udon are ready.

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

Why kitsune udon?

I should be asking you that.

There's plenty others on the menu.

Do you like udon?


But my favorite noodle is himokawa,

about this thick.

It's a local food in my hometown.

Is it something like kishimen or houto?

If I can be perfectly clear,

it's nothing like kishimen or houto.

It's completely different from

either of them.

By any chance,

were you a volleyball player?


I used to be a setter.

How did you know?

I knew it.

I was a volleyball player, too.

You did a rolling receive back there.

Back there?

If you insist,

maybe I did a rolling receive.

They don't do that now.

What're you talking about?

Once I worked as a volleyball player.

After a funeral job,

you took on a job as a volleyball player?

Long time ago,

we used to do lots of rolling receives.

Didn't you do that, too?

No one does it anymore. It's outdated.

If you do that on the court,

everyone will look and frown.

In fact, the other day,

I did it without knowing that.

That's why, back there,

I had to tell you that.

Now, I see.

You must have been an attacker.

So you tried doing an A quick

against the moving truck.

Here's a B quick.

Then, A.

One more time.

Okay, an A quick.

I hear waves.

The ocean must be in that direction.

It's too dark to see it, though.

Doesn't the sky over there look hazy?

It's a break of day.

It's daybreak for sure.

I'm getting off the expressway.

The exit,

there seems to be one.

A freight train.

A freight train is running on the tracks.

It's running alone in such darkness.

It's running all alone.


It's a long one.

How many cars are there?

It's before daybreak, but

something's already started.

Yes, it's started moving.

Is that an exit?

We're getting off.

The sky, I didn't know it was so clear.

Where are you running off to?

You ran away from something,

didn't you?

Yes, I did run away.

This is the place I wanted to come.

This is the place I really had to come.

This place?

I always flee.

But actually,

I had never escaped at all.

Rather, the farther I try to go,

I always ended up where I started

and then made fierce attacks.

Where are you escaping to?

I will not run away.

I just transport lettuces earnestly.

You're right.

So, are you fine here?

I'm fine here.


Thank you.

What is it?

Money for the ice candy.

Ice candy?

At that convenience store,

before you did your rolling receive,

before running after me,

you dropped your ice candy.

The ice candy.


I've seen her somewhere.

When she gave me her ticket,

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