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film writing by nicholas vroman

Homesick

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BMeiz96CYAAjJzZSatoru Hirohara’s slackerly comedies belie the usual formulas and bad habits of the genre and instead subtly dig deeper into questions of responsibility, connections and ties. His films, as light as they seem, seem to be documenting (through fiction) the national zeitgeist of a generation marked by the final breaking social contracts and the legacy of 3.11. What makes Homesick so refreshing is its optimism in the face of a dead end future. Here, Kenji (Tomohiro Kaku) freshly-fired from his job, isolated in the big city and on the verge of losing the family house, is at a dead end. Enter a trio of more-than-precocious boys (beautifully directed and played by Yuuki Kaneda, Tsubasa Funasaki and Shou Honma), who turn his world upside down. It starts with the kids graffiti-ing his home and quickly builds into full-scale kid-war. Kenji turns all this crazy energy into building a giant cardboard triceratops. The simple metaphor turning destructive energy into creativity may be one of the more radical statements any director working in Japan can make today.

Originally published in EL Magazine, August 2013

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Written by Nicholas Vroman

August 1, 2013 at 4:56 am

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