Black Sun has a great jazz score and a rather interesting view of the cultural turmoil in Japan in the 60s, a nation who has lost its identity, its meaning and its own voice.
While the idea is great and some of the symbolism is wonderful (the main character lives in a church which is to be demolished, and the last shot of the rising sun, which recalls the symbol of Japan are just two examples of many) the film did not work for me. It was way too broad and in your face for me to take it seriously.
Koreyoshi Kurahara was a director who loved to break rules and play with the film language. Here he does that in abundance. He tires out different styles and even falls back to silent films with the dialog written on the film. He also breaks all form of genre. The film is listed as a drama on IMDb but it is so much more than that. It is a love story, an anti love story, a horror film, a film noir,…
Béla Tarr is a hit and miss with me. This is, IMO, his best film. Simplicity becomes him! We have everything from a Béla Tarr film here, the wind, things blowing all over the place, long takes, beautiful black and white cinematography, dirty people, even dirtier animals, repetition of things, filmed from a different view, hopelessness and a dystopian world. Here Tarr's style works perfectly for the story.
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I just saw The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover again or as I would call it, The Church, The Devil, Mankind and Jesus Christ.
There are probably many ways to look at and read The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover but one of the most obvious one has to be a religious interpretation.
Through out the film a young boy with blond hair, who looks like a Cherub, sings verses from Psalm 51, where sins are…