Gin-iro no ame / 銀色の雨
Despite the trio of acting talents, Kento Kaku, Aki Maeda and Shido Nakamura, who give off several sparks to Gin-iro no ame, the film flounders in its own clichés. Gin-iro no ame is the kind of film that probably read great on paper, but on screen when the final plot twist is revealed, the incredulous viewer can only gawk and chuckle – even though it’s an Oedipal tragedy that binds the leading men irrevocably. The story involves an unlikely trio of misfits, a young man (Kento Kaku) trying to escape his home town, a kawaii, yet worldly young woman (Aki Maeda) seemingly stuck working in a sunaku, and a weary boxer (Shido Nakamura) returning to deal with some unresolved issues. Nakamura shines, despite the ham-handed script. With his drop-dead good looks a firm grounding in kabuki theatre and some recent high profile film roles, he adds a convincing complexity to role of Shoji, the pugilist. Director Takayuki Suzui’s feel for bringing out the best his actors, though, are ultimately waterlogged by hoary plot devices and clichéd set pieces.
Originally published in EL Magazine, December 2009