If you follow my blog at all, all two of you, you’ll know that I’m quite the Japanese film fan, well film fan in general I suppose. I’m excited about the prospect of the BFI Southbank showcasing the latest work of Hirokazu Kore-eda. If you haven’t seen it already, even if you’re not a fan of Japanese film per se, you should check out ‘Nobody Knows‘ (currently only £3.98) which deals with the theme of abandoned children. Which sadly judging by the frequency of similar stories on Japan Today seems to be a common occurrence. Based on this previous work and the understanding that this new film aspires to that other great Japanese film master, Yasujirō Ozu I’m suitably encouraged that I won’t be disappointed.
“Transcendent…Completely Absorbing, so sure of its own scale and scope that while you’re watching it, the rest of the world fades into irrelevance.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
At the same time as seeing ‘Nobody Knows’ initially I picked up a copy of ‘Canary‘ on the basis that it appeared highly in the Midnight Eye best films of the year coverage. Although dealing with the same idea of abandoned children this film explores the story of the people involved with the Aum cult who carried out the Sarin gas attacks in Tokyo. If you’re at all interested in that particular event I highly recommend Haruki Murakami’s Underground interviews with survivors of the attack and even some of the people involved with the cult, it’s well worth reading. Anyway that’s all for now!