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Distant Thunder (1981)

Enrai (original title)
Urban sprawl and corrupt materialism have a devastating effect on farming families near Tokyo.

Director:

Kichitaro Negishi

Writers:

Haruhiko Arai, Wahei Tatematsu (novel)
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Cast overview:
Toshiyuki Nagashima Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Mitsuo Wada
Johnny Ohkura Johnny Ohkura ... Hirotsugu Nakamori (as Johnny Okura)
Eri Ishida Eri Ishida ... Ayako Hanamori
Rie Yokoyama Rie Yokoyama ... Kaede
Casey Takamine Casey Takamine ... Father of Mitsuo (as Kêshî Takamine)
Reiko Nanao Reiko Nanao ... Mother of Mitsuo
Izumi Hara Izumi Hara ... Grand mother of Mitsuo
Yumiko Fujita Yumiko Fujita ... Chii
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie ... Husband of kaede
Akira Takahashi Akira Takahashi ... Father of Ayako
Shôko Sakamaki Shôko Sakamaki ... Mother of Ayako
Akemi Negishi ... Mother of Hirotsugu
Leo Morimoto Leo Morimoto ... Tetsuo Wada
Eri Kanuma Eri Kanuma ... Toshie Wada
Jun Etô Jun Etô ... Office worker
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Urban sprawl and corrupt materialism have a devastating effect on farming families near Tokyo.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 October 1981 (Japan) See more »

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There is no sun without rain...
26 February 2015 | by celluloidkiwiSee all my reviews

This is the story of a farming family finding themselves surrounded by urban sprawl, and the modern values that inevitably pervade along with it. Twenty-something Mitsuo works hard in his greenhouses raising tomatoes on a farm his father left to the family after selling most of the land to developers and running off with a local bar maid.

As viewers, we follow Mitsuo as he struggles with falling tomato prices, briefly a married woman's carnal addiction , his best friend's impulses, his father's choices, a mother and senile granny at home, and the courtship of a woman as traditionally minded as himself. We watch as Mitsuo juggles these with simple fortitude.

The films style is very matter of fact and paints a seemingly grim, but always hopeful picture, while underlying is a perennial message. No fancy cinematography here, just solid directing, requisite scripting, and adequate acting telling a story very well. This film is as strong as,and yet as simple as, it's main protagonist, and that speaks volumes. The characterizations are also right on target. This IS a Japanese film, so having some knowledge of, and love for, Japanese culture goes a long way toward getting the full import of the story. Scene elements run from the mundane, the poignant, and, as the title implies, through to the tragic. The plot is fairly direct and holds water effortlessly. A fine film for fans of film-as-story. This is a hard to find film, but worth the effort. Not for the Hollywood, eye-candy crowd.


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