Review: Life Can Be So Wonderful (Osamu Minorikawa)

Osamu Minorikawa's Life Can Be So Wonderful is a film that illustrates exactly what the recent output of Japanese cinema is missing. It's a very unique, personal and free-form film that exists outside of most genre boundaries and definitions. Just ten years ago projects like this were almost the norm, nowadays you have to dig deep to uncover gems like Minorikawa's freshman film. All the more reason to cherish it and to give it the attention it deserves.Life Can Be So Wonderful is not so much traditional cinema as it is a visual poem, mixed with faux documentary impulses. Minorikawa isn't using this approach to shock or amuse, instead he tries to capture the beauty of life in small, personal moments and recollections. Everything about...
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