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Aru sendo no hanashi

They Say Nothing Stays the Same

Joe Odagiri

Japan 2019. 137 Min.
Color. DCP. J/e

The camera moves as calmly and elegantly as the water on which the old ferryman Toichi steers his boat as he transports travellers and residents from the nearby village on one side of the river to the other. The river is his life, and he still has enough customers, but the construction of a bridge near his jetty is threatening his livelihood. But his peaceful life is more immediately thrown off track when he unexpectedly encounters a half-drowned girl, rescues her and nurses her wounds. Neither of them are big talkers, and both of them have a past that is threatening to catch up with them.

 

In his debut as a director, the exceptional Japanese actor Joe Odagiri takes plenty of time to explore his characters, their faces and gestures, and every minute detail in order to get a little bit closer to them. But it is often the breath-taking landscapes that steal the show from the people in this film, and which give Christopher Doyle's exquisite cinematography a feeling of eeriness and otherworldliness that gets under your skin – in the best Japanese tradition. (pj)

CREDITS

DirectorJoe Odagiri
ScreenplayJoe Odagiri
CinematographyChristopher Doyle
EditingJoe Odagiri, Masaya Okazaki
MusicTigranHamasyan
WithAkira Emoto, RirikaKawashima, Nijirô Murakami
ProducersShôzôIchiyama, Takuro Nagai, Yuusaku, Nakajima
DistributionKinoshita Group, Tokyo, www.kinofilms.jp

Joe Odagiri