Friday, July 29, 2016
Chihayafuru Part 1 and 2 (2016) — Fantasia 2016
Utterly charming film, and it is one film despite the fact Fantasia screened it as two, is one of the more pleasant surprises of this years festival. By the time I screened the film I was burned out and had sworn that I would simply watch the single film I had greed to review. However an insistent email from good friend Joe Bendel made me reconsider ending my coverage of the festival early. If he was telling me a four hour film was worth the time then it really must be. So I bit the bullet and sat down to watch the film.
And you know what Joe was right. This is a great little film. This is the sort of film that sucks you in and drags you along thanks to a compelling story and some great characters. Mostly the characters. I say that because the twists and turns of the game complete eluded me. Yes I learned enough to follow what was going on but in all honesty I had no idea what the game was about. On the other hand I completely understood the drive to do something you love with people you hold in your heart. These were a group of people who I absolutely understood on a human level.
The best thing I can say is this needs to get a US release so I can get a copy and so that I can share it.
This is not just a film to see but one to hunt down.
One of my favorites at Fantasia.