Based on a book by writer - director Miwa Nishikawa, a recently widowed writer ( Masahiro Motoki,Departures)whose wife died in a bus crash comes to terms with his grief,or lack of it, in ... See full summary »
A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process.
Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.
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 »
Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »
There may have been a film even earlier, but I think Kurosawa's "Rashômon" (1950) was the first film to delve deep into the twisted convolutions of human perception. Take a sensational event and study how different witnesses will remember it, often in complete conflict with each other, due to selfishness, pride or willful ignorance. Gilligan's Island did this a few times, too.
I think Yureru went one step beyond Rashômon (and maybe even beyond Gilligan), because in this film the witnesses are dynamic, fickle in their perceptions, and their own memories are prone to wild swings of "truth" to the point that they themselves aren't sure of what truth really is. Is that what the title "Sway" means? It sure seems to fit.
I wouldn't recommend this film to everyone due to its heavy, ponderous nature, but certainly if you're a fan of Kurosawa's work... or a student of Kant ...or you stay up sleepless nights wondering if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it does it make a sound... then by all means watch this film.
Soundtrack is groovy. Images are artistically & beautifully shot. Editing is very suspenseful to those who are paying attention. The final 10 seconds are brilliant--one of the most memorable and powerful conclusions I've seen in a long while.
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