Love And Death

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd (dual for­mat)

Di­rec­tor Kiyoshi Kuro­sawa Cast eri Fukatsu, Tadanobu asano

Though di­rec­tor Kiyoshi Kuro­sawa is best known for his work in the hor­ror genre – such as 2001’s Kairo – this Ja­panese drama is a very dif­fer­ent kind of ghost story. Gen­tly ro­man­tic, it’s a film with mo­ments of quiet still­ness, philo­soph­i­cal di­a­logue, and a hint of sac­cha­rine sweet­ness.

Three years ago, Mizuki’s hus­band Yusuke went missing – turns out he com­mit­ted sui­cide by drown­ing. Now he sud­denly reap­pears, look­ing just as he did in life. You’d ex­pect Mizuki to scream her head off, but in­stead she re­acts with calm ac­cep­tance, re­main­ing as but­toned-up as her sen­si­ble cardi­gans. The way the film presents its fan­tas­ti­cal events is just as un­der­stated.

It be­comes a sort of para­nor­mal road trip, as the cou­ple visit places Yusuke stayed on his long jour­ney home. Ev­ery­where they go they seem to in­spire con­fes­sions, as peo­ple un­bur­den them­selves of their feel­ings about dead loved ones. The mes­sage is rather ob­vi­ous – leave noth­ing un­said, as you might re­gret it later – but mildly af­fect­ing all the same.

Extras Trailer. Ian Ber­ri­man

For an­other tale of a loved one mys­te­ri­ously re­turn­ing from the grave, try 1972’s Nei­ther The Sea Nor The Sand.

Guan­tanamo Bay: super ro­man­tic.

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