|Miyoko Asagaya Feeling 2009 Japan Miyoko Asagaya kibun|
Summary: Adaptations of manga are a mainstay of contemporary Japanese cinema. Most manga/film crossovers are built solely with marketing in mind. Miyoko Asagaya Kibun is from a definitely different sensibility. Adapting Shiniro Abe’s seminal 1970s mangas that documented the craziness of the times along with his own faltering grasp on mental stability, Miyoko Asagaya Kibun mixes manga, fiction, history and biography brilliantly. This directing debut by Yoshifumi Tsubota is the most auspicious of the year.
Voted by Japanese critics as one of the Ten Best Japanese Film for 2009.
In the early seventies, Abe Shinichi is a struggling manga artist living in the artists' quarter of Tokyo. He sleeps free of rent in the apartment of his girlfriend Miyoko, a barmaid who is also the couple's sole source of income. Abe keeps obsessively drawing pictures of her, and although he is manic and demanding she obviously enjoys being the center of his attention.
Doubting his own talent as an artist and his skill as a writer, Abe decides to create a manga about his time with Miyoko, a diary of sorts. This work candidly portrays Abe's daily life, his feelings for Miyoko and all of the ups and downs in their relationship, including his once-off infidelity and his growing addiction to alcohol. The diary actually gets picked up for publication and will later turn out to have been his biggest masterpiece, cementing his relation with Miyoko even though his behavior grows more and more bizar...