I saw this again. It's better the second time around.
Besides, any movie that has " THE BREAKUP SONG (They Don't Write 'Em )" always wins.
"We had broken up for good just an hour before,
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah."
Thought it was a really good film. Didn't know anything about it other than Yoji Yamada had directed this in 1977, so for that reason alone I wanted to see it. The super slow-paced, sparse, but intimately character-driven stories which Yamada does to perfection was also well executed here. Got drawn into the main character from the opening sequence and stayed there.
William Hurt was great, and though it takes a little while you start to care more about the others. Without giving too much away, it slowly builds and sets up what you know will be a very emotional finale - either joyous or deflating. Almost hate to admit that I had to coolly scratch my cheeks (aka wipe a few tears) at the final scenes. That's pretty rare.
Ordering the Yamada version today. His leading lady in the original (Kaori Momoi - my wife's favorite actress) was given a little cameo here. Pretty cool touch.
Just finished watching a movie a friend lent me called A Serbian Film. Usually not my genre of choice but he said it was hard for him to sit through, and he likes some pretty wicked stuff, and insisted I watch it. If you thought Salo was bad, this had some scenes that went beyond the realms of taste. Truly demented, not sure I could sit through this again.
I want to see that SO BAD.