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An odd woman named Sayoko rents cats to lonely people. Some of the renters include an old woman who lost her husband and her cat, a middle-aged man who moved away from his family for work, a woman at a reception desk who questions her existence and a man who has a connection with Sayoko. Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 12, 2012
  • Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 181 users)
  • Ranked: #11265
  • Popularity: #4552
  • Rating: G - All Ages

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8 people found this review helpful
Oct 1, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
The story is, in itself, pretty simple. The plot is sort of divided up into parts, with different people being the 'main character'. Because of this lay-out, the story does get slightly repetitive and with that also more predictable.
However, having said that, I loved this movie. It fits perfectly to the "slice of life" genre, a glimpse of real life, and in this case real life is just a little bit funny to boot. I love the main character, and how she is portrayed by the main actress. I love the easy-going mood throughout the movie, the breezy and fresh theme of renting cats to lonely people.
The music and the cinematography elements of this movie are both important reasons to why I enjoyed it so much. It's beautifully done, shot, and persecuted. It also gives the feel of japanese traditions, the japanese life style that we all know and love (at least I do).
Lastly, because this is such a lay-back sort of movie with no particular goal or end line, I feel it's the kind of movie I could watch and re-watch many times.

Basically, I would recommend this to anyone that adores the slice of life genre and of course, if you adore cats, or mori style (because in my opinion this movie has a very mori-ish feel to it).

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2 people found this review helpful
Jan 4, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Japanese films have a certain way of capturing its audience by its simplicity and subtlety. Most Japanese movies I've watched starts off with an ordinary scene, but somehow no matter how simple the movie is, I always learn a lot. And this movie wasn't an exception, although it was very simple, it was meaningful. One would somehow relate and get to see the many size and shapes of Loneliness. What this movie's greatest asset is that, it shows Loneliness at its raw form.

So, if your feeling lonely or have someone feeling down or dejected, you can watch this together and maybe find some common ground. Movies, I believe have a lot of potential, one being able to connect people.

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  • Movie: Rent-a-Cat
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: May 12, 2012
  • Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Rating: G - All Ages


  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 181 users)
  • Ranked: #11265
  • Popularity: #4552
  • Watchers: 578

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