This is an early melodrama from movie maker Miwa Nishikawa (who also wrote the script) that seems every bit as powerful as her more recent efforts. Nishikawa has created a banquet of high-drama by populating a Tokyo household with the likes of: a senior with diminished mental capabilities; a husband who fakes going to work resulting in a high debt load from loan sharks; a wife suffocating from being kept at home as the senior's sole care giver (the senior is not a blood relative) who manages to accumulate the financial wherewithal to escape; a recently returned (after a 10 year absence) son trying to move up the minor crime ladder with a devious plan; and a daughter who is a straight shooter (mostly) grade school teacher desperately seeking marriage as a ticket to escape her disintegrating family. Deceptions, lies, and secrets abound! Excellent performances are delivered by well-directed actors. Unfortunately, about half the time, these performers can not be seen due to terrible lighting both of interiors and exteriors. This includes the powerful closing scenes where much seems to be revealed if only there was sufficient lighting to see what the Director intended to show! Subtitles often have gaps between text letters which is a bit distracting. Opening song is translated, but not the closing one. Engrossing entertainment even in the dark. Viewed at Japan Society (NY) Flash Forward Film Event. WILLIAM FLANIGAN.
Comedy / Drama
Comedy / Drama
A portrait of an ordinary family that turns unstable when their frivolous son Shuji returns home after a long absence.
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December 24, 2021 at 04:57 AM