“It is bad to do things on impulse.”
Introduction Thursday, I had the honour to attend a screening of Modern Love (English review/Japanese review) in Shinjuku’s K’s Cinema in the presence of the director Takuya and some of the crew-members – a guy responsible for the production design and a female make-up artist.
“a stillness that evokes nothing other than the nature of Japanese traditional culture as such – and the lives it influences.”
“So while (the narrative) doesn’t reach the level of its predecessors, it is still a worthy conclusion of this trilogy full of pessimism and nihilism.”
“Even now, on the occasion of guiding the performances of actors, I occasionally show this movie as prime reference.”
It is his beautiful use of movement within shots and his exquisite use of interior geometry that underlines his compositional talent.
“A wonderful piece of melodrama and further prove that Kon Ichikawa deserves its place among the masters of Japanese cinema.”
“As life is evoked as fleeting, moments of happiness quickly passing by, why invest in war, as peace is so much more beautiful and rewarding. This, and nothing else, is the powerful moving message of Hanagatami.”
“On the day that I saw this movie, I was ‘ordered’ to fight, during my entire life, with divine violence.”