The New Indian Express - - EXPLORA - Dia Rekhi

If you are fa­mil­iar with Ja­panese comics, you may have heard of Gegege no Ki­taro. The fi­nal day of the three­day Chen­nai Ja­pan Film Fes­ti­val ended on a high with the screen­ing of The Wife of Gegege on Satur­day. This film is an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal ac­count by the wife of Mizuki Shigeru, who is a well known and best­selling manga artist. The movie is set in the early 1960s and show­cases the love story of a woman, Nu­noe, who mar­ries a manga artist, Shigeru, who lost his left arm in the war. The cou­ple get mar­ried just five days af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced at a match­mak­ing meet­ing and move to Tokyo. The film de­picts the strug­gle and strife they face as they be­gin a life to­gether in abysmal poverty. There are mo­ments in the film where your heart goes out to the newly weds. You cringe when they cringe, you cry when they cry and you feel cheery when they feel cheery. The film takes you on the jour­ney with them. It gives you a glimpse of old Tokyo and also what it meant to be poor in a bustling me­trop­o­lis. Shigeru was one of those peo­ple. He goes on to be­come very suc­cess­ful af­ter pub­lish­ing the manga series fea­tur­ing Yokai (su­per­nat­u­ral be­ings). De­spite all the hur­dles that are thrown their way, they man­age to get past them to­gether. They face ev­ery ob­sta­cle to­gether with­out flinch­ing. They say that some­times it boils down to those who come into your life and never leave. This is a film that per­son­i­fies that state­ment. Love blos­soms in the most hopeless times and gives peo­ple the courage to fight. The same hap­pened with Shigeru and Nu­noe. Ev­ery day was a chal­lenge but they man­aged to get through it with each other’s sup­port. I left with a heavy heart but with a deep sense of sat­is­fac­tion that their ded­i­ca­tion to one an­other paid off in the end.

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