i give a lot of films 5 stars
I always love when family is a central theme in films and, much like Ozu, Kore-eda always manages to take what appear on the surface to be fairly simple stories about normal families and then fill them with so much depth, complexities, and feeling. Everyone feels so real and natural, sometimes the “good” people do bad things and vice versa because people are more complicated than simply good and bad, black and white.
I guess it’s easy to see Ryota…
Everything that makes Kikujiro so lovely:
- the simple story of a boy searching for his mother while getting into adventures and meeting fun people along the way
- the cute friendship that develops between masao and kikujiro
- getting to see a playful, caring side to the tough guy yakuza
- the feeling of summer that radiates from the screen as the film plays
- joe hisaishi’s beautiful music (listen to summer, it’s so lovely I promise)
- kitano’s artwork …
Perhaps the most unsettling film I’ve ever seen, everything about it is so dark, unnerving, and uncomfortable yet it draws you in and takes ahold of you the whole time. It crawls under your skin, burrows it’s way into your mind and lingers there for weeks. By far my favourite Kiyoshi Kurosawa film, similar to pulse it feels more like an active experience than a passive viewing.