During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan's fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan ... See full summary »
During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.
Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »
I randomly picked this movie on a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and I had a hard time not bursting into tears at times.
The movie demonstrates how difficult it is to judge the morality of some actions. It uses the case of a well- respected senior police officer who kills is beloved wife who suffers from Alzheimer's.
As always, the reality is much more complex than it appears on the surface and uncovering the truth will start a whirlwind of accusation and prejudices.
It also demonstrates the emotional costs of trying to find that moral truth instead of simply accepting ourselves as unable to do so.
I liked the overall Japanese aesthetics - slowness, silences, use of colors and shapes - that others may have interpreted as plot holes, but that reminded me of other Japanese movies like Woman in the dunes, or Rashômon.
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