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Set in Tokyo, Ice brings her amnesiac older brother Haruo home from the hospital to care for him. He is reluctant to go, until Ice tells him that she is his lover. Since he has no memory of his sister Ice, he obliges her. How long until his memory returns? Written by
It's a few years since I saw this film - on a cheap vcd from the video shop in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. I checked out the IMDb page because I thought there'd be lots of rave reviews... but there's nothing... what's going on...? This is a superb film, extremely intense and thoughtful. There's a brother and his cute little sister, both a bit odd (one guy has lost his memory, the girl lives in a world of her own). They seem to be fending for themselves and drifting into decadence and obscurity.
The pace is slow, and very evocative of depression (which helps emphasise the happy moments) and there is very little dialogue, which is only to its benefit. Some lovely, quite tender scenes drift through your consciousness long after the film is over - in fact I'm still thinking about it.
As soon as I'd watched it I watched it over again - something I very rarely do - and it was even better. I can only imagine the film got a very limited release and it is not well known. You'd better go to Sai Kung to find it...
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