The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. ... See full summary »
A care-giver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two wind up stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey.
Woodwork artist Takumi moves to a small village Asuka.He then meets Kayoko,a woman who went to the same school as Takumi.Kayoko is fascinated with the color hanezu(crimson); lives with boyfriend Tetsuya.Soon,she falls in love with Takumi.
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Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of those affected by it meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.
Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic recession and failed development plans cause tragedy in the family.Written by
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Kawase Naomi films human emotions in a village near mountains
It is said that a fundamental human activity such as film viewing is essentially an individual experience as there are some films which have to be appreciated by being boisterous.Moe No Suzaku is an offbeat Japanese film that needs to be appreciated in silence.As Kawase Naomi hails from a documentary film background,one can sense a certain hint of documentary film culture in her film especially in the manner how faces of the protagonists have been filmed to achieve a palpable confusion of sentiments.The same thing can be said as the entire film takes place in a remote mountainous village situated in rural Japan. Although this film is largely autobiographical in nature adequate narrative sequences have been added by Naomi Kawase to make it inventive.She shows how ancient traditions have still not disappeared from Japanese villages.We get a chance to see that people can remain happy even by living in coexistence with nature in a small village.Moe No Suzaku would also appeal to many people as a tranquil love story of people who remain unaffected by disturbing emotions.
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