Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Japan Cuts Capsule Reviews: OF LOVE AND LAW, PASSAGE OF LIFE and WE MAKE ANTIQUES
Portrait of openly gay lawyers Masafumi Yoshida and Kazuyuki Minami who work together fighting the good fight for people who need their help such as a teacher who won't sing the national anthem and an artist whose work was declared obscene. We also watch as they try to help people in the. LGBT community in Japan, many of whom are still in the closet.
Rough and raw gem of a film is a lovely portrait of two guys doing what they feel they have to. Very clearly not chasing the big money they are a wonderful reminder that there are good people in the world today. Recommended.
Plays July 20
PASSAGE OF LIFE
Couple that fled from Myanmar living in Japan with their two sons who only know Japan must decide what to do when their request for asylum is turned down.
Neo-realist film is damn close to a documentary which makes it all the more heartbreaking in it's tale. This is a solid little drama that forcefully drives home, yet again, the terrible cost of being a refugee. This moving gem is recommended.
Plays June 21
WE MAKE ANTUQUES
Funny comedy caper film has an unlucky antiques dealer thinking he’s hit the big time only to find out he was taken in by a well done fake. Deciding to finally make some money he decides to run a scam of his own.
Great characters and some unexpected situations help to make We Make Antiques a comic winner. I started to watch the film when I really wasn’t in the mood for a comedy but somewhere along the way I fell in with the cast of characters and went along, laughing all the way to the end. While I really didn’t want to see the film going in I was absolutely delighted when I came out. I am looking forward to seeing it again down the road.
Plays June 22
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