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Kuraimâzu hai (2008)

A newspaper editor (played by Shin'ichi Tsutsumi) who deals with the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123.

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A high, of sorts
8 May 2010 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

IKURAMAIZU HAI (or climber's high) tells the story of a newspaper editor (Shin'ichi Tsutsumi) who finds himself in the grip of that's likely to be the greatest story of his life: the tragic crash of a JAL passenger jet. It turns into an international story. But the tragedy happens in his own prefecture. At the same time, he must confront certain realities of his own - a fastidious attention to fact-checking, a short fuse, the uncertainty of his own past. This plays out in the charged environment of a newsroom with fewer resources than, say, the big circulation Tokyo papers.

Intercut with this, we experience Tsutsumi's present-day story as he attempts to scale two personal issues: both of which may help resolve his past.

The details of production capture the time and setting quite smartly, and not to mention the protagonists' personal agendas and politics. The present-day plot tries to incorporate the film's main theme - that the events of life offer their own challenges, and demand time to heal. While the editing of the two plot elements may seem initially confusing, and perhaps contrived at times, it all fits together in a handsome entertainment.


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