Magazine article Screen International


Magazine article Screen International


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Dir/scr: Daisuke Shimote. Japan. 2012. 100mins

An engagingly playful ensemble drama that wears its love for French New Wave cinema on its sleeve, writer/director Daisuke Shimote's Kuro (Hanare Banareni) is a charmer of an art house film given sweet-natured energy by central character Kuro Ueki (the delightful Airi Kido).

Kuro is just the sort of sweetly charming film to feature strongly on the festival circuit.

An adult coming-of-age ensemble drama, each scene is shot in one long take with minimal dialogue as Shimote strives to emphasise the mental and emotional distances between the characters, as well as shooting elegantly structured scenes that play on a youthful sense of oddball fun, with clear references to Jean-Luc Godard's Bande à part (Band Of Outsiders). The film had its world premiere at the Tokyo Film Festival.

Sweetly laid-back Kuro dreamed of becoming a baker, but gets fired from the bakery she works at and heads off into the city to steal clothes, charm all around her and; Eito (Yu Saitoh), a photographer, breaks up with his girlfriend Nana (Wakana Matsumoto) who wants to get married, and Gou (Hideo Nakaizumi), a theatre director, has his production thrown into jeopardy after his lead actress drops out.

These three people, with nothing in common, meet by coincidence head out of Tokyo and stay together at a deserted inn near the sea. …

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