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Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku (2014)

Two troubled souls living on the fringes of a port town fall in love, but their trials are far from over.

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In a Japanese port town, Tatsuo, a traumatized man, spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking himself to oblivion. Whiling his hours away at a pachinko parlor, he meets Takuji, a young man on parole who impulsively invites him to a shabby house on the outskirts of town. There, Tatsuo glimpses Takuji's bedridden father and callous mother, and meets his world-weary older sister Chinatsu. While immediately drawn to each other, romance is an unaffordable luxury for the emotionally closed-off Tatsuo and the disillusioned Chinatsu, who sells herself to provide for her family and keep her brother out of jail. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a relationship, the happy-go-lucky Takuji latches onto Tatsuo, binding their fates. Each step they take to build a better life sets off a chain of actions that have devastating consequences. Written by Sachiko

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Dim Japanese drama
19 November 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A change of pace from her earlier films, Mipo Oh's murky and perverse film was put up as a Japanese Oscar entry, so someone must have taken it seriously.

Ayano is working through his personal fortune in his twenties (open cut mining back story) when he lends his briquette to loud pinchuko player youth Suda, who invites him back to a home that's as grubby as Ayano's own. He shares it with his infirm sex addict dad, exhausted mother and earthy sister Ikewaki, who we know is going to be important because they play single piano notes under her shot.

A few attention getting moments. The embrace in the sea is one but the frequent shadowed make-out material is too indistinct to have voyeur interest.

The cast are strong and the Hokaido background is unfamiliar but the story and brown out imagery are both tacky.


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