Tamako graduated from a university in Tokyo, but she now lives with her father back in Kofu. Tamako doesn't help her father or tries to get a job. She spends her time just eating and sleeping throughout the four seasons of the year.
Over one day at this love hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo - where guests have the choice of staying for a short time or overnight - the dreams and desires of these characters intersect while aspiring for something greater.
32-year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her parents, passing the days in self-indulgent grunginess. Ichiko's recently divorced younger sister Fumiko has moved back home with her... See full summary »
Miyazaki asks Noboru and Momose to pretend they are dating to stop bad rumor about him. Both begin to act like a couple in front of others and soon he begins to develop feelings for Momose, who is still in love with Miyazaki.
Four youths share a two bedroom apartment in a corner of Tokyo. A series of assault cases occur in the same district. Eighteen year old Satoru, a male prostitute, joins them as a new house mate. Their daily life slowly starts to change.
Three young people in Tokyo. Kuro is a girl working a part-time job at a bakery. Eito is a photographer. Gou is a theater director. These three individuals meet by coincidence and, as a means to escape reality, begin living together at a deserted inn near the sea.
8/10: Slowpaced drama, character study and analogy for the experience as a human being.
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Fluently slowpaced cinematographically capturing by simplicity. Small stories woven together into hitting emotionality surrounding the human experience. The chemistry is there, the dull backdrop with crisp sound is there, the very realistic feeling is there and the message is there. If you are captured by the human experience this will reverberate with you. It might even do so if you are just recognising or agreeing with some of the parts of it.
There are wonderful cinematic moments in this hidden gem, or rather imitations of life which with the actors who mostly fit like hand in glove make close to real.
Short version: If you liked The last life in universe (2003), The eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (2004) or Waiting for Godot (2001) this should be right up your road. This does also strike a tone of resemblance with Mr. Nobody (2009).
Pro's Directing Chemistry and acting Script (first you might think it is blunt at the start, that is most likely intentional) Complexity effortlessly (seemingly) woven into the storyline
Con's Possibly unneeded complexity, though the subplot does ad emotionally
*Noteworthy: The photos in the end which ends the movie on a positive note which is good or bad depending on what you wish to draw from it and how you experience it.
The discussion about memories is beautiful, later on in the movie they have a discussion where the analogy of picking up an old book and feeling lost in the plot is to be understood as memories and life. And if you read it through you loose the discomfort.
As when they are at the ocean, and Ohkawa is going to throw the crafted piece of wood into the ocean (it's crafted as a crude boomerang), if you set it free it will come back. "It'll come back just fine." You see the motion of casting it as a step in the sand (what is to be perceived as a human inprint on reality), naturally it does not come back around. They stand at the beach, with the sun shining on them and the ocean sounds when the music comes on; "That seems like life. Only one shot and you can't go backward. But it is better that way isn't it (?). Not being able to go back i mean. there is beauty in it."
"We have to look into the darkness, the future is dark, because we don't see it right (?). But if we don't look into the darkness we're screwed."
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