And in the end, what would a japanese movie festival be without a nice splatter-movie? Right – only half the fun! So the last movie I watched was Yoroi – Zombie Samurai, another movie with Sak Takaguchi, who may be known through the movie Versus. What can I say? They got Zombie Samurais, big guns, loose tongues, hilariously stupid dialogues, a pink-haired chick, a nearly totally unimportant backstory, a lot of action and a hell lot of 6m-high blood-fountains – of course the whole cinema was nearly loughing throughout the whole movie A really good personal ending point for my japanese movie festival experience \o/
It’s Wednesday morning and I have no university today, so I decided to write about the last two movies, which I’ve seen on Sunday on the movie festival. The first one is Der Rote Punkt, a Japanese-German co-production which plays mainly in Bavaria. The japanese student Aki decides to go to Germany, to find out more about how her parents and her brother died there when she was still very young. Through coincidence, she meets the family Weber, where she stays for her search. But her presence opens a lot of conflicts within the family and opens old wounds, while a connection between Aki’s family and the Webers slowly becomes apparent.
The movie is a quiet and melancholic piece of work and is also definitely a good one, that I can recommend without hesitation. But on the other hand it has been pretty much hyped and won a good amount of awards also and personally, I don’t think it’s as good as it is sold to be. There are too many parts, where I (and my friends agreed on that) really only could guess where some reactions of the actors were coming from and often we were missing a logical connection between the scenes. I think 10-20 minutes more playtime with a focus on connecting scenes better would have helped a lot. It’s worth a watch nevertheless.
The second movie on Saturday was Non-Ko, a movie that I already had written the desription in the festival-booklet and also had to do the speech for. This time my speech went far better than the first time, even though we had 7 times the guest count than in memory Stealers. So I’m pretty happy with that. The movie is more or less a portrait about Nobuko, a 36-year old woman, who isn’t succesful in a job and has no family – so she breaks both expectations that the society has in a woman with her age. The consequences and her struggle are shown in really beautiful images underlined with a fitting soundtrack with many variations of the same theme. If you like calm movies, this one’s definitely for you!
Ok – Saturday is already over, but I said I’d also post the other movies, so that’s what I’m doing The first movie on Saturday was Captain Tokyo, which was shown in the B-Movie cinema – which I’d call the biggest home-cinema in Hamburg, with about 40 seats at maximum. The movie itself was more difficult to put in so few words. In the year 20XX, Tokyo is destroyed and doesn’t belong to Japan anymore, so it became a a brooding leviathan of a ruined city – filled with a wide diversity of outcast people. The two friends Furuta and Nitta go there to see a rock concert and quickly get sucked into this world of crime and violence… while Furuta sides with the rebels, Nitta is forced to work for the self-proclaimed gouverneur and so they become rivals. While the idea of two friends working against each other isn’t exactly that new – it’s pretty cool done in this movie. The characters are extraordinarily freaky, the story is well thought-out and the whole movie has an intense dynamic. Definitely more than I expected to get from it