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Unloved (2001)

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Mitsuko, a thirty-something Japanese secretary, lives a very simple life devoid of ambition. She has an affair with Eiji, a rich, arrogant and newly divorced businessman who is intrigued by... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
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Yôko Moriguchi ...
Mitsuko Kageyama
Tôru Nakamura


Mitsuko, a thirty-something Japanese secretary, lives a very simple life devoid of ambition. She has an affair with Eiji, a rich, arrogant and newly divorced businessman who is intrigued by her retiring personnality but she quickly breaks up as he repeatedly tries to make her change her lifestyle and values. While Eiji ponders the reasons of the breakup, Mitsuko falls for one of her neighbours, a young slacker who has the same approach to life as her. But Mitsuko's new lover is fascinated by Eiji's power and social status... A triangle that will inevitably leave one of the characters "unloved". Written by Twilightseer

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Mono No Aware
15 April 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"mono no aware" the Japanese phrase for "the phatos of things", although I like the translation of "The melancholy of life" more. I think "mono no aware" describes this film at it's best.

The plot is about 32 year old secretary Mitsuko, who lives a very simple life, devoid of ambition for the company she works for. At work, she meets Eiji, a rich, arrogant and newly divorced businessman who is intrigued by her retiring personality. The relationship doesn't last long, for Eiji forces his posh lifestyle on Mitsuko, who begins to feel very uncomfortable with it. She calls of their relationship and leaves a riddled Eiji behind. While Eiji ponders about the reasons of the breakup, Mitsuko goes on with her social normal lifestyle, just living her life, until she meets a young man at the supermarket, who turns out to be her new neighbor that just moved in. Hiroshi a quiet young care fee guy becomes the new lover of Mistuko, and they connect well. However Eiji can not let go and when he confronts Mitsuko with the breakup in front of Hiroshi, Hiroshi becomes fascinated and intrigued by Eiji's decadence and social status.

Unloved (2001) is a very static movie, it doesn't have much camera movement, which gives the whole thing a very slow feel to it. The grey backgrounds are a perfect match for a depressing and (anti-)social closed Japan. It is here that people worry about their appearance and what kind of status in society they have. The whole feel of the movie, from the cast to the production design calls out "mono no aware". The cast delivers a rather cold play, and it feels like a theatric play which is preformed on film.

Still this movie is worth a viewing for it lays out the problems of Japan which it had since the early 40 and 50. It shows the differences between men and women, and the difference between lifestyle lay outs. Kunitoshi Manda has made a slow, static,yet interesting movie. Please also take notice of the music composed by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in a Shell 1 and 2, Patlabour and Avalon). His long synth strings give the movie the finishing touch of melancholy.

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