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Lian Song, a Taiwanese hit man, leads a double life: he carries out his "assignments" in Taipei, then hides out in Naha, Japan until things cool down. He has a favorite laundromat in Naha where he goes on Saturday evenings because a young woman named Yukiko is always there then. Lian Song is in love with her, although he knows neither her name nor where she lives. But his sweet little romance has no chance to blossom, as his boss tells him to return to Taipei shortly. The police are hot on the heels of the gangster syndicates. For that reason, the gang Lian Song belongs to is negotiating with its rival, whose boss Lian Song killed. The rival gang demands that Lian Song be handed over to them as payback. But Lian Song still knows nothing of the deal. Before leaving for Taipei, he writes a letter to Yukiko telling her that if she comes to see him at the airport, he will remain in Naha. If she does not, then he will return to Taipei for good. Lian Song entrusts the letter to a girl whom he meets at the swimming pool. But she is secretly in love with Lian Song, and out of jealousy, she throws the letter in the trash.

"'Starlit High Noon' tells the story about what happens to the girl called Yukiko who also appeared in my second feature film, 'Departure'. I have cut the dialogue down to a minimum and made the story as simple as possible. There are only four main characters in this film. Music is also used only in the essential moments. I was determined to do it this way so as to create some kind of tension and a unique rhythm. This film has neither gunfights nor exciting car chases to attract an audience. Instead, I did my best to enhance the quality of each scene as highly as possible." Nakagawa Yosuke

Production: Tayhoo Tokyo Co., Horipro Inc.

Screenplay: Nakagawa Yosuke

Cinematographer: Yanagida Hiroo

Art Direction: Yasuda Kyo

Cast: Suzuki Kyoka, Wang Leehom, Kashii Yu

Format/screen ratio: 35mm, 1:1.85, Color

Running Time: 92 min., 24 frames/sec.

Language: Japanese

Funded by:

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