Posts Tagged ‘Kenta Kiritani’

SOLANIN [SORANIN | ソラニン]

2010/09/18

http://solanin-movie.jp/

JAPAN 2010  Directed by: Miki Takahiro Manga by: Asano Inio Written by: Izumi Takahashi Produced by: Keiko Imamura, Osamu Kubota, Masaro Toyoshima  Cinematography by: Ryuto Kondo Editing by: Soichi Ueno  Music by: Asian Kung-Fu Generation  Cast: Aoi Miyazaki, Kengo Kora, Kenta Kiritani, Yoichi Kondo, Ayumi Ito, Arata, Kento Nagayama, Sayuri Iwata, Jun Miho, Kazuo Zaitsu

SOLANIN, based on the popular manga by Asano Inio, tells the story of Meiko who lives with her boyfriend Taneda in a small apartment at Tama river. They met in college six years ago, but today they both still have no clue what to do with their lives. Meiko works in an office, while Taneda is a freelance illustrator and part-time guitarist in a rock band called Roche that also features Meiko’s best friend Kato. Problems arise when both decide to quit their jobs, while Taneda can’t decide if and how to continue with the band.

When they finally complete their demo CD and get in touch with a major record company, things don’t go exactly as expected, causing Taneda to disappear and Roche going on an indefinite hiatus. Everyone’s life is in serious disarray, until Meiko discovers a song written by Taneda called “Solanin”; the band decides to carry on with Meiko replacing Taneda, giving their career another shot despite the surrounding uncertainty.

Music ain’t a rational thing, and hardly ever are “music films” too rational either. Expecting SOLANIN to impress with a complex story, flawless writing, sharp logic or an explanation why the sun rises in the East would be naïve. SOLANIN is a film about the troubles of youth and growing up, the difficulties finding your place in society, and the ultimate task for any of us: making somewhat sense of life.

Consequently, SOLANIN is a dystopian description of how Japan’s youth timidly makes their way into the world, how they respond to the challenges of growing up and what’s on their minds when dealing with the future. SOLANIN may not be about how they actively pursue their goals (for that they’d need goals in their lives in the first place), but it wonderfully depicts how Meiko et al. indefatigably are, without necessarily going anywhere.

Existing consumes most of their energy, and what’s left is used up defending their dreams. Their struggle undeniably has an irresistible charm, and is loaded with emotions we are all too familiar with. SOLANIN captures the monochromatic moods of growing up, and consequently it relates to the audience in unspoken ways, making it a beautiful experience rather than a film following the textbook.

Sometimes it all comes down to the question if you feel it. Ultimately, this will draw the line that divides the audience and decide if you’ll fall in love with SOLANIN, or not.

J.


Advertisements

MADE IN JAPAN: HERE COMES THE BRIDE, MOM! [OKAN NO YOMEIRI [オカンの嫁入り]

2010/09/11

http://www.okannoyomeiri.jp/

What happens to a tight mother-daughter relationship when mom suddenly has a new – and relatively young – boyfriend? You can find out watching HERE COMES THE BRIDE, MOM!, a drama set in Osaka, based on the novel by Tsukine Sakuno.

The film is directed by Mipo Oh, and stars Shinobu Otake, Aoi Miyazaki, Kenta Kiritani, Moeko Ezawa, Jun Kinumura, Yasufumi Hayashi, Yosuke Saito, Yasuko Haru, Seiko Takuma, Tomochika and Toshiki Ayata.

J.


MADE IN JAPAN: BECK

2010/09/10

http://www.beck-movie.jp/

Japanese just love band / music dramas (so do we), so after the recent BANDAGE and SOLANIN here comes BECK, based on Harold Sakuishi’s manga. After her return from New York Maho Minami and her half-brother guitarist form a rock band that quickly grows a large fan base. But as usual, commercial interests destroy all art and the band gets caught up in conspiracies and other dramatic events, shortly before they are supposed to play their biggest gig ever.

BECK is directed by (surprise, no shit, no  TRICK) the great, the one and only Yukihiko Tsutsumi and stars Hiro Mizushima, Takeru Sato, kenta Kiritani, Shiori Kutsuna, Osamu Mukai, Aoi Nakamura, Takanori Takeyama, Sari Kurauchi, Yuta Furukawa and Naoto Takenaka.

J.