I watched this film following Rob’s recommendation on Waypoints a couple of weeks back. Overall I enjoyed it a great deal. Some stand out points:
It has great scenes of Japanese cultural activities from (presumably) the 50s. Dance halls, cinema, restaurants and bars all feature. The strip club scene Rob mentioned is so short! Anyone seeing the film based on that would have been v disappointed… The wake scene is interesting, having recently attended a wake here in the UK.
It’s clearly specifically critical of the bureaucracy of the time, but I think its message that work should have some personal meaning (and be of benefit to society) is hugely relevant in the age of “bullshit jobs”.
I enjoyed Miki Odagiri’s performance in particular, her character Toyo has an infectious joie de vivre. I made this gif of her eating something equivalent to popcorn.
Has anyone else watched this because of the podcast, or otherwise?