"Megane" (Glasses) is the story of a professor from the city named Taeko, who takes an off-season vacation to a remote seaside rest house called Hamada. The people in this house include the absent-minded proprietor named Yuji, a local biology teacher named Haruna and a mysterious old woman named Sakura. Will the snooty Taeko also fall under the inexplicable spell of Hamada with its "twilighting", morning exercises at the beach and "the best shaved ice in the world" concocted by Sakura-san?
We never really find out anything substantial about any of these characters. Why are they all here? Why do they behave in this strange way? What happened to them before they came here to Hamada? The director and the script do not tell us directly about anything. The dialogs are thrifty on words, but perhaps pregnant with meaning, I do not really know. Maybe these details are not really important at all, as much as what the effect of the place and of Sakura-san on all these other people.
This is what I like about Japanese movies. They have a sense of serenity so unique to them. The music was beautiful, especially with the cello and the mandolins. The stark but artistic photography is mesmerizing with the unique blocking of the people and objects in the shots and the magnificent seaside sceneries. I do not think a movie like this could have been successfully done by any other culture.
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