ガマの油 (Gama no Abura)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Focus on Koji Yakusho
Acclaimed actor Koji Yakusho directs and stars in the exquisite drama Toad's Oil. Yakusho's directorial debut follows an immature father's efforts to cure his family's woes after a terrible accident. Rich in magical realism and nostalgic memories, this humanist film approaches a devastating topic with light steps and visual novelty. Yakusho gathers together an interesting cast for his surrogate family, including hot young actor Eita (April Bride), Kobayashi Satomi (Glasses), and model Nikaido Fumi and K-1 champion Sawayashiki Junichi in their movie debuts.
Japan. 2009. 131 min., 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Koji Yakusho. With Koji Yakusho, Satomi Kobayashi, Eita, Kaoru Yachigusa, Toru Masuoka.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012
Part of Focus on Koji Yakusho
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