Three stories of undying love: Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan. Written by
This is the last Takeshi Kitano film to feature music by Joe Hisaishi. Kitano claimed that it became too expensive to hire Hisaishi for soundtracks while Hisaishi claimed that he didn't like the screenplay of the movie. Actually, they both had an argument about some pieces which weren't selected for the soundtrack, and where to put the others in the movie. They stopped working together since then. See more »
This movie has a very slow pace. But what 's wrong with that? We are used to rushing hours, appointment here, appointment there A Dutch Minister introduced some 10 years ago a new verb in our vocabulary 'to unrush'. This word did not exist in our language. It got a lot of media attention! We only know the verb 'to rush'. I was curious about the situation in the English language. In the 'New Shorter Oxford Dictionary' I could only find the word 'unrushing' and not the verb!
It is typical of our modern society where movies (especially on television) are sometimes expressed in jolts per minute. This fabulous movie by Takeshi Kitano forces you in low gear (if you allow him of course). Let it happen. It's worth it!
The movie opens in a theater where a 'bunraku' (dolls) play is performed. The director intended to give homage to Chikamatsu, a famous Japanese bunraku-dramaturgist. The movie encompasses all seasons (beautiful nature shots) in different parts of Japan.
The costumes worn by the actors are designed by the famous designer Yohji Yamamoto.
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