Akira Osaki’s latest film is a story which focuses on the average man, desperately trying to achieve the fundamentals which so many of us are striving for. Success in his emotional endeavours with peace of mind for him and his family, with a secure loving relationship and also a break through in his career, a spark of luck to take his dreams and ambitions off the ground and reach fulfilment within his chosen industry. Yet he is flawed, held back in both of these areas, losing his wife, his daughter and not achieving the breakthrough he so desperately needs. Dialogue which flows seamlessly between characters, with long silent takes of great performances, allow the viewer to truly see and not just hear the heartbreak and struggle the protagonist is going through. This black and white tale of personal growth is a masterclass in using cinema as a tool to show a simple but powerful, honest and relatable narrative. A character whom the audience can truly empathise with allows a connection to the journey and consequently a cathartic sense of relief when Takeshi's quest is resolved. Brilliantly shot, with incredible performances all round, this is film at its finest.
Obon no Ototo