Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008)

Sean McAllister


The British director Sean McAllister films himself while running. Panting, he tells us that he has spent almost two years in Japan now and is slowly growing mad, because he just can't get through to the closed country and its people. Until he meets Naoki, a 56-year-old part-time mailman who symbolises the tens of thousands of Japanese who belong to the 'working poor' since the economic crisis in the early nineties. Naoki used to have everything, houses, companies and cars, but he lost everything, too. Today, he lives in a one-room flat without windows, with his 29-year-old girlfriend Yoshie. 'She hates me, I need her', is his concise explanation of their relationship. She saved him from homelessness and works fifteen hours a day to support him. He feels qualms about these roles, his pride is hurt. They do not have sex. Due to all his psychological problems, he can no longer have an erection and viagra is too expensive something that deepens his fear she will leave him. Impelled by McAllister's presence, they sometimes discuss the subject, but in Japan people do not really talk about their feelings. The conclusion is that they cannot live with or without each other, as the title indicates: A Story of Love and Hate.


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1 comment:

  1. Japan as you have never seen it before. Believe me when I say that you will be moved by this in some way!


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