Zerachin shirubâ love   2009   Japan Gelatin Silver, Love
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Director:Kazumi Kurigami
Studio:Geneon Entertainment
Writer:Mitsunori Gu, Kazumi Kurigami
IMDb Rating:6.4 (62 votes)
Genre:Drama, Thriller
Duration:87 min
Kazumi Kurigami  ...  (Director)
Mitsunori Gu, Kazumi Kurigami  ...  (Writer)
Masatoshi Nagase  ...  Photographer
Rie Miyazawa  ...  Assasin
Kôji Yakusho  ...  Client
Yûki Amami  ...  Lounge Hostess
Erina Mizuno  ...  School Girl
Sayaka  ...  Violin Player
Shiro Chiba  ...  Cinematographer
Kazumi Kurigami  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Innumerable beautiful shots in this film, big cinematographic wow factor, but I think it failed at *everything* else, not just the soundtrack. I'll bet the script for this is less than a page in length, and it's hard for me to find merit in the acting when it's mostly just someone sitting in a chair eating a plate of noodles ... or a hard-boiled egg or an ice-cream cone.

That freaky little scene about wanting to die "at the moment of your highest pleasure" was kind of cool, but beyond that there just wasn't enough meat to make the extremely long takes worth enduring. If someone hands you a photograph you might look at it for a minute or two--or more--admiring its beauty while you *imagine* its context, but if someone hands you a film's worth of photographs, along with a context that denies the magic of imagination, they should move along quickly or you're heading for a train wreck. This film does have that kind of appeal.

This is one of those films I wish I could have dismissed and been done with but it's not that type of total crap film. I honestly can't decide if it's a failure, an arrogant misstep by the director, or simply just not my cup of tea.

Summary: A voyeur (Masatoshi Nagase) secretly photographs a mysterious woman (Rie Miyazawa) from his stark apartment which faces hers. He becomes transfixed as he witnesses her go through her daily routines, and stacks videotape after videotape of the footage he takes. One day while following her, he comes across a bloody car wreck in which the victim crashed his luxury car into a guardrail. In the crowd of witnesses, he notices the woman he’s been following and inadvertently releases the shutter of his camera, snapping photographs of her reaction. Later, he hands over a bag of videotapes to his client (Koji Yakusho) and asks him who the woman is. He is becoming totally obsessed with her, and their paths will soon cross again.

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