Già vincitore del Premio della Giuria per la sezione Un Certain Regard al Festival di Cannes nel 2008 con Tokyo Sonata トウキョウ・ソナタ, Kurosawa Kiyoshi è il primo regista giapponese ad aggiudicarsi il Premio alla Regia nella stessa categoria alla 68° Edizione del Festival di Cannes nel 2015, con l’opera Kishibe no tabi 岸辺の旅 (Journey to the Shore).
Kishibe no tabi è un evanescente e drammatico road movie che ha come protagonista la vedova Mizuki (Fukatsu Eri 深津絵里), nel cui appartamento improvvisamente appare il marito Yusuke (Asano Tadanobu 浅野忠信), defunto per annegamento tre anni prima. Yusuke, con il desiderio di incontrare alcune persone e visitare alcuni luoghi, invita la donna a compiere un ultimo viaggio insieme attraverso il Giappone.
Quando le persone giungono a fine giornata e si affrettano verso casa, inizia la mia giornata.
La mia tavola calda è aperta da mezzanotte alle sette di mattina. La chiamano “la tavola calda di mezzanotte”.
Questo è tutto ciò che ho in menù. Ma preparo qualsiasi cosa mi chiedano i clienti. Se ho gli ingredienti necessari. E’ questa la mia politica.
Se ho abbastanza clienti? Più di quanti ci si aspetterebbe.
Due destini si intrecciano in un giorno d’estate sui binari di una stazione di Tokyo.
Una mano di bambino accoglie le lacrime di una ragazzina prossima al suicidio, salvata da una mamma single che ha perso la voglia di vivere.
L'edizione 2016 della Festa del Cinema di Roma ha avuto molti protagonisti noti al pubblico come Meryl Streep, Oliver Stone e Tom Hanks. Tuttavia non sono mancate le partecipazioni dal mondo del cinema asiatico. E ovviamente dal Giappone.
“There is no such thing as perfect writing, just as there is no such thing as perfect desperation.”
In 1978 Murakami, well into his thirties, managed a jazz bar in Tokyo, and being an author was a notion far removed from his mind. Yet, one day, following a sort of heavenly illumination, he began writing – in his own words, 'on the kitchen table', at night or anytime he could manage. The result: two little gems, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball.
Antonietta Pastore, well known as the Italian translator of many Haruki Murakami novels as well as many other moderns and contemporaries, is also a skilled author in her own right; she has been awarded the 'Settembrini' prize with her novel Leggero il passo sul tatami. Mia amata Yuriko is her most recent work, published this year, and it takes its inspiration from the life of her ex-husband's aunt, which Antonietta met during a trip to Etajima, as much as from the recollections of the author's mother-in-law. Details have been filled by imagination, but the love story between Yuriko and Yoshi is, for the most part, believable and grounded in facts.
Through the words of the narrator we meet Yuriko, a strong yet pampered and sheltered woman: she was in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and she was therefore exposed to radiation fallout. The novel chronicles the love story between the woman and Yoshi, narrating her anxiety and grief while waiting for her husband to return from the front, as well as the hope for a better future that only love can nurture.
The most tragic parts of the novel deals with war, the frailty of the human condition, and the many problems that we must face in daily life. Wartime was a difficult period, in which even the mandarin jam Yoshi offered Yuriko on their first date was a luxury to be savored. To this the author adds the experience of the atomic bomb, lived by the characters as a testament of strength by the US, ultimately unnecessary and mostly dropped as a test.
It's not by chance that Antonietta's chronicling of Yuriko's life almost coincides with the Fukushima incident. After the tsunami and the atomic crisis, vast areas have been evacuated and old discrimination against irradiated people have returned: people have been denied housing, engagements have been broken, children have been bullied.
Sixteen years of life in Japan bolster the author's capability to enter the minds of her characters, vividly retelling the love protagonist's love story as strongly as the tragedy of the nuclear disaster. After all, in her own words, it's women who have become twice victims, in the crises' aftermath.
The final appointment with Japan's cinema at the 2016 edition of Cinema Ritrovato, on June 27, 2016, graced us with a screening of Jazz Musume Tanjō (ジャズ娘誕生), known in Italy as 'E' nata una cantante di jazz'.
On the 26th of June, in the context of the 'Ritrovati e Restaurati' panel at the yearly Cinema Ritrovato festival, the screens of Bologna's Cinema Arlecchino hosted a classic of Japanese cinema: Ugetsu monogatari (雨月物語), internationally known as Ugetsu and rendered in Italian as I Racconti della Luna Pallida d'Agosto.