Sunday, August 05, 2007

Hana (Kore-eda Hirokazu, 2006)

**½
Japan

Kore-eda Hirokazu swerves mainstream with this pat, decidedly conventional samurai story, with very little swordplay, bits of folksy humour and lots of irreproachably lovely people. Whereas Hirokazu's langurous pacing was justifiable in his artsy endeavors, in this case it's wearying.

1 Comments:

At 9:31 AM , Blogger Paul Martin said...

I'm told by Freda Freiberg, a local authority on Japanese cinema who gave a talk at ACMI a couple of days ago about Shohei Imamura, that the studio who made this film is renowned for its fairly middle-of-the-road part comedy/part pathos films. This film fell right in that category. I thought it was visually beautiful, and interesting as a Kore-eda film, but nothing exceptional.

 

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