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#NYAFF 2015 reviews – CHASUKE’S JOURNEY, SOLOMON’S PERJURY Part 2, MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THE RIVER

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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”.

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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.

SOLOMONS PERJURY Part 2 – a bit of a let down after the way the director and a very able cast crafted the events leading to the students holding a trial. It seems like the importance of all the episodes leading up to the ultimate court date reduces everyone’s performance to what part they play in the machine of story. Ryoko manages to hold her own in the midst of this plodding, Her eyes deeply searching for the truth.
There are some splendid moments when she confronts one of the students responsible for the letter that launched the trial, and the penultimate scene between the two friends – one, the deceased, and the other, defending the accused, reveals the truth and gets us back to some real drama. Still, if you missed Part 2 and could only see Part 1, you saw the better of the two films..

 

The most touching and genuine of all is MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THE RIVER, a film that showcases the unconditional love

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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.

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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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