大鹿村騒動記 (Ooshikamura Soudouki)
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tribute to Yoshio Harada
Zen Kazamatsuri (the late Yoshio Harada) runs the Deer Eater restaurant in a rural mountain village in Nagano Prefecture. He's also the lead actor in a kabuki play held by the little town, a tradition dating back over 300 years. A wrench is thrown into Zen's life when, shortly before the opening of the play, his estranged wife who had run out on him decades ago returns… half-senile and not remembering having left him at all. Zen must figure out how to live with his new-old wife while rehearsing his part in the play. D.P. Norimichi Kasamatsu completely captures the beautiful backdrop of the Ooshika mountainside, as well as a lengthy and vibrant kabuki performance, and director Junji Sakamoto's ensemble drama is livened with plenty of gentle comedy and some fantastic performances by a veteran troupe of acting stalwarts.
Japan. 2011. 93 min., DigiBeta, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Junji Sakamoto. With Yoshio Harada, Michiyo Okusu, Ittoku Kishibe, Takako Matsu, Koichi Sato.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012
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