” [The]subtle blend of (…) emotional layers, (…) evoke[s] the difficulties a subject can have in finding a place to call home, implicitly implying that a sense of belonging is only to be found in a place conditioned by one or more meaningful human relations as such.“
It was only after Adam Torel of Third Window Films, one of the main programmers at the Raindance Film Festival, decided to distribute Greatful Dead (2014) [Our review can be read here), that Eiji Uchida approached him with the idea of creating Lowlife Love (2016), a narrative about a muddling indie-filmmaker who one day meets a promising actress and a guy with a interesting screenplay.
“[An] endearing and heartwarming exploration of the complexity of family relations (…) that shows (…) that happiness is to be found in the very daily problems family life indisputably generates. We’re already hoping for another sequel.”
While Yōji Yamada might not ring the same way in the ear as the great powerhouses, e.g. Shohei Imamura, Kon Ichikawa, Akira Kurosawa, …etc., of Japanese cinematography, he should still be considered as a minor monument of Japanese cinema. He is, for instance, the director of the legendary and highly entertaining Otoko wa Tsurai yo comedy series (general note 1), which follows the adventures of Tora-san and his endless quests to win a woman’s heart. More recently, he directed the critically acclaimed trilogy of samurai movies, i.e. The Twilight Samurai (2002), The Hidden Blade (2004) and Love and Honor (2006).