4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Definitely worth watching around the world.
Seino from Japan
21 January 2013
What is it about About the Pink Sky that attracts me?
About the Pink Sky has everything that's important in an entertainment
film: proper development of new and original characters. Izumi, a high
school girl who reviews newspaper articles, has the quality of those
teenagers in films like Shunji Iwai's Hana to Alice or Typhoon Club by
Shinji Somai. I was engaged by the character. Some would say the story
is mundane; no fascinating events happen in the film. However, in this
film the story is not so importantnor is black and white. New
character is what's necessary, such as in John Ford's films, where
peculiarity creates character.
The film succeeds with its portrayal of the teenager. Family and
teachers disappear, similar to Iwai and Somai's style. The story begins
when Izumi finds a wallet with 300,000 yen inside on the road. She
decides not to return it. She lends money to an acquaintance, then
spends more for her friends in a cafe. One day, her friend Akemi notes
that the wallet's owner, Sato, is actually a cool guy, so she is
obligated to return the wallet as soon as possible. Her purpose is then
to see Sato. Izumi is now involved with her friend and Sato.
About the Pink Sky indulges into the insight of a Japanese director. He
destroys stereotypes with fascinating characters. For example, why do
Japanese ask "How old are you?" for the first time? To understand "your
position:" if you're 28 years old, you're a salesman, not a university
student. In other words, assumptions are important. You listen
carefully to what Izumi says, and then you have to listen carefully for
the answer. Izumi brings hope for future directors in Japan. There are
some other hopefuls presently. Keichi also tries to destroy stereotypes
through new characters. This is through a style of entertainment that
doesn't use force.
Why are we impressed by Jaws, Back to the Future, or Batman? What did
we get from those films? They all have a dark present and hopeful
future. About the Pink Sky is the same. I'm excited to see the truth of
entertainment films appearing in Japan.
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