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Ai no yokan (2007)

Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with ... See full summary »

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Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with his hands. He moves away and gets a job in a factory. The woman who is the mother of the killer wants to apologize to the father, although she knows it would change nothing. He refuses to meet. She moves back to her hometown. She works in the kitchen at an inn where the man now lives. No one speaks. He eats alone. He reads in his apartment. She walks to her home and has a sandwich. She keeps her eyes lowered. He drives to work. Does either want to connect? What bond can they establish? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Gives a BAD name to "art-house" movies.
24 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Before clicking "This review is not useful", check my profile and first understand my personal love for deliberately-paced "art-house" style films.

The Rebirth is the kind of "art-house" film that I hate most of all. A plot synopsis will tell you that this is the "story" of a man whose young daughter was murdered, as well as the mother of the murderer who lives separately but works nearby. What the synopsis won't tell you is that these characters do nothing of interest for the entire runtime. They cook, they read, they brush their teeth, they sit in the dark (I'm serious), they drive, they shovel coal, and they eat (ELEVEN times!!!). This is the laziest form of filmmaking humanly imaginable. Yes, even lazier than Michael Bay's worst efforts. Any D-grade college student could have made this movie. The director is also the lead actor, and when he stares at the camera blankly while eating his rice (for the ELEVENTH time!!!), one can only feel insulted – almost as if the director is saying, "I laugh at you for watching this worthless piece of crap that I made."

By the way, this film won an award at a film festival, which is no surprise. If you want a good film dealing with the relatives of a murder victim and the relatives of the murderer, check out Shinku (aka Deep Red) (2005). Now that's a good film.

Edit: Just saw "Bashing" from this same director. That's a much better effort. Check that one out instead.


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