After The Storm (Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku)

Kore-eda is very much a filmmaker of place; he has lived and known many of the cities and towns in which his films are set. We are thus treated to an insider’s view of a place, not the Japan of tourist brochures or sumptuous period films, but ordinary Japanese places which feel very much like…

Our Little Sister

Sagami Bay, blue hydrangeas, pale-pink cherry blossoms, freshly-picked plums, freshly-caught seafood, torrential rain, and four very elegant and dignified sisters who are as tough as mountains. In Our Little Sister (from the novel Umimachi Diary), Kore-eda conveys an exquisite but very real world where time, nature, memory, and community both serve as foreground and background to…

CAAMFest 2015: 0.5MM by Ando Momoko

This strange and disturbing film is nonetheless a compelling 198 minutes of mysterious motivations and surprising outbursts. Sawa, a caregiver for geriatric patients, goes on the road after a traumatic experience with one of her elderly male clients. The opening sequence which documents this experience and sets the tone for her perambulations is a complete…