Tag Archives: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Doraibu mai kâ AKA Drive My Car (2021)

Adapted from a short story in Murakami Haruki’s “Men Without Women”. A director’s wife was a playwright, but she died two years ago. When he’s invited to direct a play at a festival in Hiroshima, the director finds his chauffeur to be a stoic woman. The two share many rides, and as communication is initiated secrets and confessions are gradually exchanged. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Guzen to sozo AKA Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Passion (2008)

A young couple announces their wedding at a party with friends. The reactions of the latter reveal hitherto unexpressed sentimental flaws within the group. The following days, the tension rises to the surface. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Shinmitsusa AKA Intimacies (2012)

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Epic feature film that clocks in at four hours and fifteen minutes, born from a proposal at an actor training school. Three-part structure consists of an ensemble play by directors as they prepare for the stage, the play as it is actually performed before an audience, and short episodes. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Tengoku wa mada tôi AKA Heaven Is Still Far Away (2016)

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Yuzo (Nao Okabe) and Mitsuki (Anne Ogawa) live together in Yuzo’s small apartment, their constant companionship tender and indifferent in turn. Then Yuzo receives a call from Satsuki (Hyunri), a documentarian resolved to make a film about a now-distant family tragedy, and the three meet, to search for some way to account for their relationship to one another, the memories they share and those they’ve kept to themselves. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Bukimi na mono no hada ni sawaru AKA Touching the Skin of Eeriness (2013)

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A haunting study of loneliness gradually gives way to a dark mystery in Hamaguchi’s unusual and beautifully acted Touching the Skin of Eeriness. After his father’s death, the reclusive Chihiro goes to live with his older half-brother brother and channels his unspoken feelings into his one passion, modern dancing. Chihiro’s relationship with his dance partner grows increasingly strange, mirroring the dances invented by their intense teacher, played by renowned dancer and choreographer Osamu Jareo. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Netemo sametemo AKA Asako I & II (2018)

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Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality. Read More »