Through philosophical and science themed imagination, Emile questions everything from his teenage years to adult life.



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Through philosophical and science themed imagination, Emile (Emiru in Japanese) questions everything as a teenager in pre WWII Japan. As an adult, Emile is living in post WWII Japan. He is an un-popular author and an alcoholic who lives in poverty. Yet his imagination is still intact. Written by Lee

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Hard to figure out
23 July 2013 | by (Seoul, Korea) – See all my reviews

The title "Miroku" is the Japanese word for Maitreya, or the future Buddha who is prophesied to come later. Being a Buddhist believer, I was intrigued by this film's premise, but nearly fell asleep during the movie.

It's hard to explain the plot. Lots of philosophy and science are discussed, a group of boys are played by female actors, and a drunk in Japan wises up and finds meaning. I'm familiar with Buddhist concepts and terms but this movie was really hard to understand and I had no idea what exactly it was trying to convey.

The scenes are often fantasy sequences and the like, and the director made the film with a bunch of film students in Japan. As much as I wanted to like the film, I couldn't.

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