Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Four closely related stories are told in this unusual film, all of them written by Yoshimitsu Morita and filmed by four separate directors. In all of them, the main characters are desperately seeking something which circumstances lead them to reassess either before or after they get it. In the last segment, a man who has gotten a job transfer to Chicago has to learn how to actually speak English, and he seeks out a number of resident foreigners in order to accomplish that goal. Every one of the foreigners is so unpleasant that he is led to reconsider whether he wants to spend the next few years among such people. In an earlier segment, a young woman lives just a little too far from Tokyo's "date centers" for comfort: she must use public transportation to meet her friends and would-be lovers, but it shuts down at midnight. As a consequence, she loses a good romantic prospect because he finds the tiny amount of time she can spend with him too frustrating.
city-life, isolation, transportation