#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Shou’s father Norio finds his son in a rather meaningless existence in Tokyo dominated by alcohol and porn videos. Having left home two years earlier to pursue life as a musician, Shou has left his band and his girlfriend has left him. His father asks a favor, that Shou clean out the apartment of his aunt Matsuko, who he says led a meaningless life until her murder at the age of 53. The apartment is filled with garbage bags and is even more unkempt than his apartment has become, and he becomes intrigued with his aunt as details of her life are supplied by a tattooed neighbor and others. Her feelings of neglect by her father Tsunehiro, who favored her chronically ill younger sister, Kumi, translated into becoming a dutiful junior high school teacher devoted to her students until being forced to resign after being blamed for the theft of some money by one of them. Leaving her family due to the disgrace, she had a series of affairs with lovers who physically abused her and did a stint as a massage parlor girl due to her beauty. After her pimp lover dumped her and gave her share of earnings to his new lover, they argued and after killing him she left by train and contemplated suicide. Dissuaded by a lonely barber, she happily set out to build a quiet life with him until the police came to charge her with murder. Upon her release from prison she silently slipped away after finding that the barber had started a new family. Becoming a “Yakusa Girl” she rationalized that it was better to be on the run with a mobster than be alone. However, her mobster lover rejected her after being released from a term in prison and she became an eccentric recluse. Shou concludes that his aunt fulfilled his ex-girlfriend’s parting comment about it being better to give to others rather than expecting to receive.
Plot: While combing through the belongings of his recently deceased aunt, Matsuko, nephew Sho pieces together the crucial events that sank Matsuko’s life into a despairing tragedy.
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Sad and surreal
This movie is unique and innovative. It is somewhat of fairytale like Cinderella and reminds me of Big Fish (2003), but is also very dark and depressive like say Requiem for a Dream (2000). It follows the hardship-laden life of Matsuko through the gradual discoveries of her nephew and the people he encounters.
It is extreme in content and in appearance, but touches very true and deep feelings & fears within all of us. It explores the meaning of life and asks very interesting questions. It does so while treating life’s inevitable tragedies with humour and gaiety. The visual style and music are important elements of the movie as they share a positive-looking outlook of life even in the dimmest of circumstances.
The drama is centered around the dysfunctional family Matsuko was both the product of and the most disruptive element in its spiral towards destruction. Friendship, love and professional lives are also well explored, although as you can imagine, none of them in an ideal, truly rewarding way. The bleakness of the story and the brightness of the storytelling makes for a very interesting contrast. There are many beautiful shots (even if a bit CGI-heavy) and the inherent beauty of life is revealed through the crust of old, piled up garbage.
The storytelling is very fresh and even though it sags at some points as the film never seems to end, it does get its point across in a artsy and non-threatening way. I was so involved with the demanding story that I was literally shocked as I exited the dark theater to see other people lined up for the next movie at the FantAsia festival. After a viewing experience like this, I found myself surprised that there could be more movies after that or, possibly, that there may be anything after that! This is how profoundly I was affected. “Memories” is not a movie you just eat up and leave, you really need to settle and digest before you can truly understand and internalize.
A tough journey, a good message and possibly a lot of positive ramifications in art & life. Recommended.
Dark Twisted Musical that’s not a Comedy
WARNING: This movie is not a comedy .. This is not a “happy” or “joyous” movie .. The only thing that “lightens” this grim subject matter is the kid song musical they keep playing over and over again ..
This is a veeery dark movie (I say darker than Kanako ,, and way less fun) about a woman, Matsuko, and her past .. She’s discovered died in the field one day and her young nephew decides to decode the mystery of his Aunt whom he never knew ..
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It shows Matsuko 50 year life span dealing with: negligent parents, sibling jealously, abandoning home, cycle of abusive relationships, cycle of being used for her body and sex, life as a massage parlor girl, getting pimped, murder, prison, unemployment, general insanity, hiding from your loved ones, living the final days of your life in complete solitude, to eventual – death .
Yeah …. I say if you want to see a depressing tale of the downwards spiral of a young girl go see World of Kanako .
Original Language ja
Runtime 2 hr 10 min (130 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director Tetsuya Nakashima
Writer Tetsuya Nakashima, Muneki Yamada
Actors Miki Nakatani, Eita Nagayama, Yûsuke Iseya
Awards 10 wins & 10 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony HDW-F900
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Digital
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm