New York Premiere
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
2009, 127 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Miwa Nishikawa. With Tsurube Shofukutei, Eita, Kimiko Yo.
Co-Presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
Winner of 21 major Japanese film awards, Miwa Nishikawa's Dear Doctor is deceptively simple. At first glance, it's a typically middle class picture that idolizes the slow and simple life of the tiny village where a young intern (Eita) comes to train under the watchful eye of the kindly old local doctor (Tsurube Shofukutei). But this isn't a yawn-inducing slice of mushy sentiment: as it turns out, Tsurube isn't really a doctor at all. Instead, he's a con man who's been hoodwinking these gullible villagers for decades. Or has he?
A hall of mirrors about reality, illusion, lies and liars, Dear Doctor is like a beautiful lake that hides a ravenous shark a few inches beneath the surface.
Part of Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema
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