Japon - Director's Unrated Edition
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A weary man (with a love of art) from the city goes to the country seeking serenity, and then to end his life. He observes country folk, adults and children, and is initially pretty numb to it all. Over time he seems to soften and cannot bring himself to commit suicide. He observes some of the simplest animalistic and human instincts. Taking a couple of chances to experience a bit more before he ends his life shows him how his actions may have affected others. Be warned, there is some sexual footage in this film that is not for the squeemish!
The movie should not be explained further. It is for the audience to savor. There are scenes in this film which I have never seen performed so explicitly. The last scene cannot be shaken from my memory. The pace of this movie is often painfully slow, and dialog is sparse. The harshnes and glare of the land is emphasized in the overexpoed look of the film. You can feel the heat, desolation and hopelessness of the landscape. Yet Ascen's unquestioning kindness and charity prevail amidst drunkenness, poverty and the outrageous theft of her property. What is important is kindness, charity and love. I loved the structural simplicity of this film, and the ontrasting ccomplexities of the relationship between Ascen and the artist. When the movie ends, one has the feeling of having moved further toward understanding the nature of love
This is a remarkable first film by a new director. WOW!!!
part of Mexico to commit suicide.
He seeks refuge from a lonely lady in her mid eighties who
is being cheated out of her home by relatives where the
painter is staying.
The painter and the old lady become close and sex follows,
difficult for the camera and the actors and viewers of this film.
No American film could ever film this and if they could,it
would not be with this realism.
I think this is the worst transfer I have ever seen. Without exaggeration, it looks like it was filmed on Super 16, projected, recorded at an angle with a miniDV camera, uploaded to YouTube, then downloaded again and burned to DVD with a home recorder at the wrong aspect ratio. DO NOT BUY THIS, or at least don't pay too much for it.
It also lacks English subtitles. It isn't advertised as having them, but in case you were wondering, they are not present. There is a Spanish subtitle option on the disc but they don't seem to work.
Most of the characters in the film are non-professional actors and this is certainly true of the two leads, a late 50s-year old artist who says he wants to commit suicide, and the 80s woman he eventually stays with, in a completely isolated mountain village in Mexico.
As is true for the best Westerns, the land is a major character here and Reygadas manages, with his keen and skillful eye, to fuse the broad vista of what could be called a "soft" mountainous terrain with a growing sense of innocence on the part of the painter who, coming from a city (likely Mexico City), begins to feel the effects of a rural life in how he sees things, thinks about things, understand things.
The culminating scene of a sexual encounter is a powerful one--startling, completely unexpected, and all the more emphatic of the film's theme, as stated by the director, on the basis of that very intensity.
Sometimes what you think you want is not what you actually do--because it is not what you really want. Sometimes you discover that what you thought you wanted was less than what life means to you. And so you then do what life really means you to do--your life. It's your choice.
Japon succeeds brilliantly because its simplicity--which is no doubt what the director was striving for--penetrates our thinking hearts, our feeling minds. A man, a much older woman, the land.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know this is supposed to be an art film. The scenery is beautiful, but also depressing. Lots of poverty. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by Joyce
Many things went wrong with this attempt to produce a movie-classic for students of the arts. Failures include; the wide angle shots are blurry, panning was to fast, camera "taped"... Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by TJ-STL
One night not too long ago while suffering from insomnia and indigestion I turned on the tee vee and caught this flick. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by Mike M.
I gotta say that this is a true piece of art! In every sense!
If you're looking for dumb simplicity then I'd suggest for you to view other more mainstream films because... Read more
As well everybody might like it to. An intriguing movie with more silence than talking and more questions than answers, it will make you think. That's good from what I think. Read morePublished on June 20, 2005 by PIERROT LE FOU