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Sinophiles Rejoice! Another Hit! #JapanCuts2017 MY DAD AND MR ITO

Thanks, Tanimaru!

 

Remembering ONE MILLION YEN GIRL which was a wonderfully entertaining movie, I guess I was expecting a bit more screw ball antics with this movie. How surprised I was to see another well crafted picture that speaks so much about aging in Japan, family responsibilities and the complicated relationship between a very traditional Japanese father and his daughter. The cast all shine and even a cameo by a notorious aunt is delightful. Simply lensed and composed, we follow as the father haplessly moves from his son’s home to the daughter’s apartment that she shares with Mr. Ito. He is 54 and she is 34, so this kind of “living in sin” disturbs the father and prompts their early sparing. It all reaches a crescendo as the father seeking a place to call his own decides to return to the family house outside the city only to have a freak storm burn down a favorite persimmon tree (memory of his wife) and as a branch breaks off, the entire house itself. All ends as the father decides to join seniors in a home, and carrying a single bag, he heads for the train and his final stage of life. As he departs, Aya has the urge to pursue him and complete some unfinished business between father and daughter.

Lily Franky has to be complimented for his true and steady performance. He anchors the movie and, when he is not on screen, you feel it. Aya  felt a bit one note to me. Forever pouting or complaining, the smile on her face as she pursued her Dad revealed some aspects of her performance we wished we could have seen earlier.

July 23, 2017 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ilm/Festivals SUMMER LIGHTS is a HIT! #JapanCuts2017

Another Tanimaru RAVE!

 

The opening 20 minutes of just the first person account of the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima is gripping. Recounting the bombing and caring for her dying sister in the days that followed. The interview completed, in the park the director meets a young woman from Hiroshima. With the sounds of the summer insects accompanying them, she tells him more about the tragedy of Hiroshima. The film has a documentary feel as they walk the busy streets seeking a okonomiaki restaurant for lunch. She is persuasive as they navigate to find a place to eat but she is clearly leading the way with a passion for things that are old. Finding the right place, they are treated to a history lesson from the owner and it sets the woman into a new pensive mood. Suddenly she grabs his hand and they run to catch a train to the seaside. It is there while meeting a young boy and his granddad that she reveals her name – Takeda Michiko, the same name as the sister of the interviewee. They decide to join the granddad and grandson for dinner – somehow meeting his crew has been forgotten. Akihiro has joined an alternate reality on the day Obon is celebrated, the festival for the ancestors. It turns out that Michiko is a ghost – the sister who passed away. The fable ends as Akihiro explains it all to the little boy. 

 

Even though the dialogue is a bit stiff and on the nose at times, it is good to see that the film was included, even though the director was not Asian. Like DAGUERROTYPE, the creative work is showcased regardless of ethnicity or nationality. Kudos to “Japan Cuts” for pushing the envelope for the second time in the festival

July 23, 2017 Posted by | CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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