30 July 2008

Love and Honor

Directed by: Yôji Yamada
Written by: Yôji Yamada, Ichirô Yamamoto & Emiko Hiramatsu
Full credits from IMDb

Grade: B-

Set in feudal Japan, Love and Honor opens in the summertime. But as hara-kiri, crippling, infidelity, domestic abuse and divorce ensue, the film moves into fall; autumn intensifies in step with the characters’ troubles until, at the end, falling leaves flood the screen. Ostensibly, this is a samurai film but, with its changing-seasons- as-metaphor, as well as its teary close-ups, Yamada’s latest owes as much to Douglas Sirk as Akira Kurosawa.

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