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BARE ESSENCE OF LIFE

Yokohama Satoko
Japan 2009 120min 35mm color
Review

After the sensational feature film debut German + Rain, which shocked Japanese film critics, Yokohama Satoko returns with her second film Bare Essence of Life, again receiving rave reviews from Japanese journalists and critics hailing “the birth of a genius director.” This extraordinary film reverses conventional values of life and death, ecology and the evolution of species. But rather than taking a futuristic approach, Yokohama operates within a seemingly archaic oral tradition. The director is critical of current trends towards an artificially engineered ecology and eco-friendly culture as mere offshoots of capitalism. However, beneath the film’s ideology, beats the tender heart of a miraculous love story. Love in this film transcends our common medical knowledge of ordinary life and death, suggesting that, nobody in love ever really dies. A unique melodrama that must be experienced to be fully understood.

CREDIT
  • DirectorYokohama Satoko
  • ScreenplayYokohama Satoko
  • ProducerNakano Asako, Tsuchii Tomoo
  • CinematographyKondo Ryuto
  • MusicOtomo Yoshihide
  • EditorFushima Shinichi
  • SoundKato Yamato
CastMatsuyama Kenichi, Aso Kumiko, Ozoe Seiji
DIRECTOR
Yokohama Satoko
Born in 1978. Graduated from the Film School of Tokyo. She gathered attention for her film Bare Essence of Life (2009) was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. The Actor was officially selected at Gothenburg Film Festival 2016.
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