DVD - 2018 | Japanese
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Yumiko is a vibrant and happy young wife and mother who is haunted by the childhood memory of watching her grandmother walk away from the family home, never to be seen again. When her husband dies a mysterious suicide, Yumiko is devastated by shock and grief. She struggles to care for her toddler son in the couple's cramped Osaka apartment.
Publisher: Harrington Park, NJ : Milestone Film & Video, [2018]
Edition: New edition.
ISBN: 9781933920924
Branch Call Number: DVD INTL MABO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jun 26, 2019

Many years before he became the Japanese Spielberg, Hirokazu Kore-eda created this piece of minimalism (1995, newly re-issued.) If you are a believer in the life-philosophy, "The best you can make of life is to muddle through", you should like this thing. I might agree if the sack of vignettes that comprise this movie were not presented as discarded out-takes from another movie, the scenery always in a dull twilight zone and if there was the tiniest bit of character development.

Dec 14, 2018

An homage to Ozu?? – room shots with low non-moving camera , characters coming into the scene and leaving the scene, shots of family sitting on floor, drinking, eating, relating to one another. Ozu-like transition scenes of commuter trains coming and going by tenement buildings. Long shots - time for the audience to comtemplate on what the characters may be contemplating? Just a few scenes where the camera moves to follow the characters. The young lady, now with her second husband, unknown till the end has been contemplating why her first husband ended his life. Maborosi = phantom light. The light may draw us toward unexplained actions. No matter how much we wish, there are things we just will never understand.

Dec 08, 2018

Much of this film was beautifully made (cinematography, acting, sets, soundtrack). But the film editor was apparently somewhere else, and nobody had the nerve to shorten or remove any number of scenes. Waaay too long, and spoiled the whole thing long before the ending.

Oct 27, 2018

Sometimes you wonder what happens to the bodies of people with plastic surgery when they float into the afterlife. Do they float in with gaping holes where they had their ‘plus beauty’ added, do they just float in as their originals?
If you were born as a body with only your own specific features, what is so morally disgusting about it?
The coloring of the film is really special and the music accompanying it is well cultivated. Since this film is from the 90’s and is about death, lots of the characters are dressed like the crow tribe peoples.
The little boy looks like the one from the Ozu fart film and is just as cute!
If you watch this film in a sunny room it will be difficult to see a lot of the shots. Compared to later works of this director and later Japanese films on death/grieving, there isn’t a oppressive level of false positivity forced on the characters or the viewer.
Everyone dies, whether by fate’s hand, their own hand, the hand of others. But death is natural, unlike repressing one’s feelings.
If you are struggling with loss and watch this film, it just allows you to soak in silence. Why is that such a bad thing?

Sep 19, 2018

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda in 1995 based on the 1979 novel by Teru Miyamoto, this Japanese drama depicts the sadness and mind of the woman whose husband dies a mysterious suicide.
Slow-paced and dark-lit scenes in the first half, this film appears like a work of a film student.
I don't see any reason why the director puts a grandmother episode in the first place.
Although I understand the theme---meditation on love, loss and hope, the film doesn't seem to depict the inner thought of the protagonist effectively and cinematically.

Aug 16, 2018

A highly stylized meditation on grief and rebirth framed with a geometric precision that transforms even the most innocuous scenes into quasi-religious dioramas: two children walk through a tunnel toward a beckoning circle of sunlight, a woman slowly ascends her cellar stairs leaving the darkness behind, a funeral procession stands poised between heaven and earth, and a ticking clock looks down upon a family triptych seated round a silent dinner table---child, mother, grandfather. Exquisitely beautiful in its minimalism, like an antique Japanese watercolour, this ranks as one of my top films of all time.


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