For his fourth full feature, Toyoshi Toyoda has abandoned the theme of the angry young man, examined in depth in Pornostar, Blue Spring and 9 Souls. Kuchu Teien is, on the face of it, more a drama, a character study, than a typical Toyoda genre flick. Yet within this beautifully structured and photographed film, there lies a dark soul. Ostensibly the story of a happy family, it becomes increasingly clear as the movie progresses that the Kyobashis are anything but. Despite a family agreement that they are all open with each other, the entire household knows the opposite is true.
- Stars:Kyôko Koizumi, Anne Suzuki, Itsuji Itao, Masahiro Hirota, Jun Kunimura, Eita, Asami Imajuku, Ryô Katsuji, Sonim, Hiromi Nagasaku, Michiyo Ôkusu, Seiji Chihara, Seiroku Nakazawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shinsuke Suzuki,
- Director:Toshiaki Toyoda,
- Writer:Mitsuyo Kakuta (novel), Toshiaki Toyoda (screenplay)
For his fourth full feature, Toyoshi Toyoda has abandoned the theme of the angry young man, examined in depth in Pornostar, Blue Spring and 9 Souls. Kuchu Teien is, on the face of it, more a drama, a character study, than a typical Toyoda genre flick. Yet within this beautifully structured and photographed film, there lies a dark soul. Ostensibly the story of a happy family, it becomes increasingly clear as the movie progresses that the Kyobashis are anything but. Despite a family agreement that they are all open with each other, the entire household knows the opposite is true. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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(de) wrote: A unique documentary that gives a insightful look into the world of street art, while also begging the question of what art really means.
(de) wrote: In "Gunless," the Montana Kid(Paul Gross) has felt better than when he arrives in the sleepy town of Barclay's Brush, Canada, slumped over his horse which is also dragging a large tree branch behind it. Since he is in a foreign country, he might be forgiven if he has does not think that any of the natives speak English while showing disdain for Queen Victoria. As much as he would wish otherwise, he is not going anywhere as he could certainly use a bath and pants once the bullet is removed from his backside. He could also use a part for a gun, after challenging Jack(Tyler Mane), the blacksmith, to a shootout. While disapproving of his general behavior, Jane Taylor(Sienna Guillory) still offers Montana a place to stay in exchange for fixing her windmill. "Gunless" is an appealing northern(for lack of a better word) which again proves that Paul Gross belongs on horseback as one of the five current actors who rock a cowboy hat.(4 if Clint Eastwood has retired from acting.) He is matched well with Sienna Guillory and Graham Greene is always a welcome presence. As light as the movie is, it is not as broad as I thought it might be, thankfully not shying away from the darker story aspects, revealing many a hidden truth in general. Specifically, the movie also serves as a gentle allegory on the subject of American foreign policy belligerence(For the record, Bill Hicks also used a western to illustrate the subject).
(ru) wrote: As far as dark/black comedies go, this is one of the better films to see. Yes, it's "insane" and "quirky", but that comes with the genre. I know dark comedies are a niche thing, so I don't expect high ratings from most in general. However, if you've enjoyed this genre in the past, 'Death at a Funeral' and the likes, this should be a must see.Jay Baruchel plays the main character, an awkward twenty something that gets nose bleeds when he's nervous, is afraid of death, and of course there in inherits a funeral home after his father's passing. This will setup the rest of the film, and the situational comedy prominent in the genre, as well as the expected irreverent and crude themes. This film might be a bit more on the darker side, and a harder R rating, due to its ongoing edge and occasional gore.I think Oliver (Baruchel) was a bit overacted at times, as well as the widow (Reagan Pasternak), and their characters can get a bit tedious. The deputy sheriff can wear on you after awhile too. Rose Byrne is great as Roberta, the funeral home's mortician and the county coroner. She gives probably her best performance since The Rage in Placid Lake. I think the off-beat roles are a strong point for her and I'd rather see her in an independent film like this where she can be more 'free', than one of her blockbuster roles such as 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine or Knowing. I don't want to get stuck on the cast, but who the hell is Sergio Di Zio, and why has he not done a movie since? He did an amazing job as Oliver's beer drinking, public urinating, Catholic priest brother, despite such a minor role.Overall, it is a well written, well directed, solid film. It had clever dialogue, some witty well placed one-liners, a few startles, and even the twists are played off well. The movie keeps you thinking without leaving any glaring plot holes or being too obvious.If you're in the minority that likes dark comedies, such as myself, go rent this one and give it a chance.
(de) wrote: A romantic comedy that looks into life and death from great performances from Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort.
(us) wrote: An incredibly intriguing character-driven drama.The Petrified Forest tells the story of three disparate characters, whose lives cross paths for a brief time at a diner in the middle of the Arizona desert: a wandering philosopher, of sorts (played by Leslie Howard), a waitress (played by Bette Davis) and a gangster (played by Humphrey Bogart). There are other characters, of varying importance, but these three are a microcosm of society: the jaded pessimist, the idealist and the pragmatist, respectively.The interactions between these three are incredibly interesting, and symbolic. There is also a fair amount of action and intrigue: what will happen to all of them?Very thought-provoking.On the negative side, Leslie Howard's jaded philosopher can get overly pretentious, to the point of annoyance. He skirts the line between profundity and pretentiousness throughout the movie. His lines also make you think you're watching a play, rather than a movie.Bette Davis is delightful as the waitress: the wide-eyed zeal of her character is apparent throughout. An early-career role for Bogart - at the time he wasn't the big star he would later become - but already he shows all the traits we would know and love. Solid, swaggering, menacing performance by him.
(au) wrote: Not all that it was hyped up to be. The plot was kinda on a whim and had what seemed to be a few random characters until the end. In this film's defense, it did get better towards the end as focus seemed to be getting better. Then the ending was rushed and senseless.