Three of the most representative films of the 2013 edition are from Japan: I Have to Buy New Shoes by Eriko Kitagawa, See You Tomorrow, Everyone by Yoshihiro Nakamura and A Story of Yonosuke by Shuichi Okita.
UDINE – 3 stories told quietly, three watercolor paintings: the thread which connects three of the most representative films of the Far East Film Festival 2013 is the extreme delicacy, aesthetic and emotional. A memorable Japanese selection where we will meet equally memorable variations on the theme of comedy: I Have to Buy New Shoes by Eriko Kitagawa, See You Tomorrow, Everyone by Yoshihiro Nakamura (one of the special guests of the forthcoming fifteenth edition!) and A Story of Yonosuke di Shuichi Okita.
Written and directed from a woman’s perspective, I Have to Buy New Shoes (European premiere) is a sentimental ballad with no easy corny sentiments that, pondering on the unexpected geometry of fate, tenderly describes the magic and the yearning of a love meeting. Like Before Sunset, but with a truly breathtaking Paris instead of Vienna, and better than Before Sunset, because the characters know how to communicate with few words! The soundtrack branded by the always great Ryuichi Sakamoto, which finds its most immediate feature in the visual elegance, is the added value of the film.
From faded pastel colors Paris to go through the strictly impassable limits, the city in the city described in See You Tomorrow, Everyone (International premiere). With this movie Nakamura, one of the key directors of contemporary Japanese cinema, returns after the success of Fish Story (FEFF 2009) and Golden Slumber (FEFF 2010) to one of his favorite themes: the little big man who becomes a hero. It is the story of Satoru, born and raised in a charming apartment complex (The Projects/Danchi), on the edge of the city. One of the many housing projects built in the boom years of the postwar time which would slowly be abandoned becoming dilapidated
domicile for the last wave of emigrants. Satoru oversees the Danchi with all his strength and his soul: for him “the complex” is a social paradise where working, falling in love, recreating and where finally seeing his dream of personal and collective happiness… Nakamura has the skills of a true teacher, and pushes the viewer to side with Satoru, to accept his challenge, crazy and visionary, and to fight at his side until the end. Like the film by Nakamura, also A Story of Yonosuke begins in the eighties (European premiere), a sweet cinematographic reading of a news story which the director shows only through short fast forward scenes, playing with the shiny soul of the characters and certainly not with the cold press reports. A sad and amusing reflection on time passing entrusted to the teenager Yonosuke, as funny and awkward as prone to altruism, and the irresistible gallery of secondary characters. A tale which is real, simple and everyday, and which envelops the viewer minute by minute and moves him deeply, while moving another smile on his lips…
The 15th Far East Film Festival, awaited impatiently in Udine on April 19th to 27th, will focus its gaze on the present and future of Asian popular cinema through 60 titles that draw on the best productions of recent months. Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan: between international and European premieres, between powerful blockbusters and valuable outsiders, the rich 2013 map won’t certainly disappoint the expectations of the vast Far East people.