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film writing by nicholas vroman

Doko ni mo ikenai / ドコニモイケナイ

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yszhh8gkq5toqdkru172Ruichi Shimada’s debut documentary, Doko ni mo ikenai, follows the life of a young woman, Yuri Yoshimura at two phases in her life – in 2001, when she was a happy-go-lucky vendor/street singer living on the streets of Shibuya and nine years later, after suffering from schizophrenia, back in her hometown, trying to cope with day-to-day life. Shimada documents the simple tragedy of a woman he met in Shibuya 10 years ago with empathy, but without digging too deep into the problems of living on the street with mental illness, how it affects individuals and society or what we can learn from this woman’s plight. His skimming over the surface does show a certain nostalgia for a street-wiser, more human Shibuya filled with young street musicians, hawkers and homeless kids than exists now with everything shaved clean for the more controlled shopping experience that Shibuya is today. And sweet Yuri was young and vivacious, even though a terrible singer whose mental illness has made her into a shell of what she once was.

Originally published in EL Magazine, December 2012.

 

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

December 2, 2012 at 1:35 am

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