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Man walking on snow [videorecording]
Kobayashi, Masahiro
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(2001) N/A (N/A) (1) * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "An old, former sake producer, Nobuo, lives in a frosty backwater of northern Japan. Since his wife died, his relationship with both of his sons(Ryoichi, who has struggled unsuccessfully in the city to make a career as a musician, and the younger Yasu, who watches over his ailing father, much to the consternation of his girlfriend Keiko who wants to move to a city with better prospects) has become so needy that their women are getting annoyed. Everybody needs to grow and move on, but they won't budge from their entrenched behaviors. Meanwhile, the father takes long walks along the town's windswept, snowy streets (one of Nobuo's few pleasures in life is visiting a salmon breeding pond, where he likes to talk with Michiko, an attractive young woman whom Nobuo likes to imagine is infatuated with him), worrying his sons, who don't know where he goes. Nobuo tries to bring his two sons together for a family reunion, but both siblings have more than their share of bitterness over the hard life has dealt them, and before the evening is over everyone reveals their secrets." CONSENSUS: "Masahiro Kobayashi's film, set in Hokkaido, Japan, shows that people are the same all over. Ken Ogata is excellent as the old man, who has more life in him than the youngsters want to believe. It's a simple story that's easy to relate to, with a life-affirming subtext and haikus between the scenes." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: I've enjoyed most of the Asian films picked by HCL for their new Dvds, and this was no exception. Many Japanese directors first exposure to film after WWII was French (why would they enjoy films by their conquerors?), and the sensibilties of Truffaut and Godard, among others, often show through. MY THOUGHTS: As a native Minnesotan, I can relate to the incessant snow. Every outdoor scene emphasizes isolation. But even though the viewer is placed in a foreign environment, the problems encountered are, if not familiar, at least understandable - dependent son and needy father, stuck with each other, hurling insults back and forth; one brother stuck with a parent and providing for his needs, while resenting an older brother who has made the break from home and found "freedom"; father mourning the death of his wife. A nice little film that takes one to a foreign land for one hundred minutes. [New Purchase by HCL]
posted Jul 25, 2009 at 2:29PM
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