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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 30 Jan 2010 /
||Director: Yôji Yamada,
||Synopsis: Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ...
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In my review of Yoji Yamada's previous film, Kabei: Our Mother (2009),
I observed that the film returned "to an era of Japanese film-making
traditionalism and conservatism best exemplified by the films of
Yasujiro Ozu." A scene in Yamada's latest picture, About Her Brother,
further illustrates the Ozu influence. The scene shows a woman peeling
off the skin of an apple in a circular motion with a small cutter.
This triggers my memory of the final scene in Ozu's Late Spring (1949)
in which an old man uses a knife to slowly peel a circular layer off an
apple skin, which then drops to the ground, signaling a chapter of life
passed. In About Her Brother, it suggests the inevitability of death.
Or perhaps to some, it may be read as "cause and effect".
About Her Brother is a story on family relationships, in particular the
brother-sister bond. Sayuri Yoshinaga plays a widow who has a daughter
who is about to marry a rich doctor. During her daughter's wedding, her
heavily ostracized and unwanted brother (played by Tsurube Shofukutei)
makes a drunken appearance, spoiling the grand occasion. The
sister-brother bond is further strained in the course of the film, but
the unconditional love of the sister for her brother becomes a huge
factor in reconciliation.
About Her Brother continues the trend of impressive output by one of
Japan's finest contemporary filmmakers. The film has a solid script,
written with the astute knowledge of modern Japanese middle-class
families. It also addresses social issues such as the plight of the
poor, who live lonely lives at the fringes of an affluent society.
However, in its core, the film asks of the question: Whose fault is it
when a person is raised to be "a failure in life"? The family? The
state? Or his/her own? Starting out as funny in a serious kind of way
(as the brother ruins the wedding), the film progresses into a powerful
melodrama crafted with skill under the hands of Yamada. The direction
is honest, especially in the capturing of the cast's performances.
Yamada goes into the heart of each character's emotional state,
delicately coercing the actors to not dominate the screen but to allow
their emotions to play off each other naturalistically.
While the final thirty minutes of About My Brother is heart-wrenching,
the most effective tearjerking scene (in my opinion) comes when the
mother and her daughter share an intimate moment of hope the latter
tells her mother that she wishes to remarry a brief moment that
interrupts their worrying thoughts about life in which they both gladly
accept and pause to embrace.
About Her Brother is an excellent picture by Yamada. The performances
by the cast alone are worth the ticket price. This is restrained
melodrama that works without being sappy or overly self-conscious of
its aim to tug at our heartstrings. Last year, we had Departures
(2009), a Japanese tearjerker that competed and won the Oscar for Best
Foreign Film in 2008, and topped my list of Top Ten Films of 2009. This
year, we have About Her Brother, which is nearly just as good.
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