Director: John H. Lee
Writers: Jinsei Tsuji (novel), John H. Lee (screenplay)
Stars: Miho Nakayama, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Yuriko Ishida
Language: Japanese (w/ English subtitles)
This movie tells a quite a simple story that spans several decades. It is beautifully photographed and acted on, giving attention to details for the time periods. At the beginning, I found myself not being able to empathize with the two main characters because of the circumstances of their meeting. Yet, the ending brought me around, and the poem at the end is the most powerful part of the whole movie. (If the English translation is that elegant, in its original Japanese, it must be fabulous.) If anything, the storytelling in this movie shows that the simplicity of the tale doesn't make for a boring movie. My Rating: 7.5
"To live is to prepare for goodbye;
For lonelinss is a friend
who will not betray.