Wednesday, April 19, 2023


 No. 2 Dream

This is the tale of a man, an artist, named Yumeji Takehisa (Kenji Sawada). The film (1991) starts off not with wedding bells but lanterns resembling beach balls aflight. A young woman stands in a tree. Yumeji fights through the crowd to approach her, this vision/miracle/Madonn'. 

He's heading to Kanazawa to elope to a 22-year-old named Hikono Kasai (Masumi Miyazaki). She tells Yumeji her ex drowned in the lake. The clothes he's wearing are his. So does Wong Kar-wai 'open [or adopt] the kimono' with his appropriation of a single music-cue by Shigeru Umebayashi in Yumeji, a film which contains so many wonderful musical pieces by both that composer and Kaname Kawachi, for In the Mood for Love. (Another cue is present, I believe, in 2046.)

Other than to note that there's a character named Onimatsu (the Devil Matsu), i.e., Matsukichi (Kazuhiko Hasegawa), and that Hikono rocks mirror-warped in the gap of a facade, and that the tans and browns are unappealing compared to Yumeji's interior life, and that Yumeji robo-dances at Hikono's spot, the Evening Primrose, — I'll leave the rest to you to discover.

Suzuki films are akin to children's nursery rhymes: Find a bladder cherry in your hair after you yank your arch-nemesis to death...


More writing at Cinemasparagus on the films of Seijun Suzuki: 

8-jikan no kyōfu [8 Hours' Terror, 1957]

Ankokugai no bijo [Underworld Beauty, 1958]

Fumi hazushita hara [Trampled Springtime, 1958]


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