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Moe no suzaku (1997)

Depicts the dissolution of a small family in a remote Japanese timber village.

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Credited cast:
Kôtarô Shibata ...
Eisuke (as Kotaro Shibata)
Yasuyo Kamimura ...
Yasuyo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiyoko Baba
Kengo Baba
Takahiro Hagata
Teruo Hanaya
Kyôko Hatayama
Naoyuki Hatayama
Miyuki Hiraya
Katsuyo Iguchi
Kunihiko Iguchi
Ayumi Imanishi
Maihime Imanishi
Yuki Imanishi
Misako Inada
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Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic recession and failed development plans cause tragedy in the family. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Described as documentary fiction, this film is natural and spiritually healthy
7 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this film in a film class. Naomi Kawase has managed to combine portrait photography, documentary film, and video production with a spiritual narrative told more through silence and patience rather than intense dialogue and action. Patience is a required trait while watching this film as it uses darkness and stillness in a non-dramatic way quite often. You really must experience this film if you are fond of silent films, documentaries on Japan, or stories of family. This film is not a documentary, but her production/directing style is very similar due to the fact the entire cast, minus the leading female role, are non-actors and actual citizens of the town it was shot in.

Best/Worst Comparison: The Tibetan Book of the Dead - BBC Documentary

My favorite element: The song on the record which I assume is by Masamichi Shigeno.


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