Like Someone in Love ★★★★½

gorgeous stuff - works as an ambient kar-wai-esque mood piece in the first half-hour with the neon-lit buildings of tokyo shining bright, a cross-section of a city reflected onto a car window, then unexpectedly morphs, with the introduction of a certain character, into a storyline that is quietly compelling and tense.
loved the way in which akiko's occupation as a sex worker was not judged or sensationalised whatsoever, as well as the way the film subtly ruminated on the power dynamics of abusive relationships.
very abrupt and unsettling ending, but that worked for me as you're taken out of this slice of life about as suddenly as you're taken into it.