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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.

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July 23, 2017 - Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, FILM, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , ,

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