#NYAFF 2015 reviews – CHASUKE’S JOURNEY, SOLOMON’S PERJURY Part 2, MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THE RIVER
Our trusted and valued guide through this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, Tanimaru, gives us his closing reviews for the 2015 festival.
CHASUKE’S JOURNEY – this by far was the most entertaining film for me. Chasuke is a tea server in a kind of heaven where scriptwriters craft the lives of everyone in human form. Chasuke is sent to earth to save the life of a young woman and a curious mix of Okinawan mysticism mixes with a case of Chasuke becoming an old fashioned “healer”.
There is a word in Okinawa, “champeru”, and that is what you have with a cast of characters and unlikely situations that keep the audience entertained from the start. The final msessage at the end seemed a bit too “on the nose” and perhaps a reshoot, but overall CHASUKES JOURNEY is a trip worth taking.
The most touching and genuine of all is MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THE RIVER, a film that showcases the unconditional love
of an older Korean couple as we watch the husband’s life finally come to an end, leaving the wife to burn the clothes he will wear in the afterlife.
Beautifully lensed with a hauntingly elegant soundtrack, you are swept up into both their world and that of their extended family – even their pets – and, like their masters, one pet passes on and the other remains to bring more life into the world. I am still touched by this film.
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