Three Stories Of Love (Koibitotachi,鎭嬩汉銇熴仭)

Chasuke’s Journey (Ten no Chasuke,澶┿伄鑼跺姪)


Director and screenplay:聽Sabu
Photography:聽Soma Daisuke

路聽Matsuyama Ken鈥檌chi (Chasuke)
路 Ohno Ito (Yuri)
路聽Osugi Ren (Taneda)
路聽Iseya Yusuke (Hikomura)
路聽Terajima Susumu ( Kuroki)
路聽Tamashiro Tina (Chako)

Production: Bandai Visual, Shochiku
Running Time: 106 minutes
Release Date:聽2015
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“We can change our stories. Fear fate. ”
It is the epitaph – because of the dead we are talking about – or perhaps one of the conclusions reached by Sabu’s film: presented at Berlinale 2015 and then also at the latest edition of Nippon Connection, is based on a similar story Written by the same director.
The protagonist of the story is Chasuke called Chas, the ex-gangster boy – who serves tea to the Scribes in the Avalanche. The work of these men / spirits is frantic: in fact, they “scourge” the lives of the underlying humans, pressed by a God who always demands more in terms of new ideas and surprising interplanetals (as it is said, fantozzianamente, that not c ‘It is never a end to the stress suffered by its leaders, not even after death …). Pressed, and even a bit in conflict with each other, scriptwriters decide to kill a beautiful Yuri, the “human character” loved by Chas in a car crash. He will then be sent to Okinawa to “save her”. It will not be simple …. You will get a little bit of a way to “divert” the story: the yakuza, the crowds who will elect Chas “Mr. Angel “, a sort of healer-healer, and then also love, the most disruptive variable.
A kaleidoscopic barefoot is Sabu’s new film, in which everything is reminiscent of joy from the Cameron’s Titanic to Chaplin’s Lights. Romantic comedy, action movie that surprises the surrealist: Matsuyama Ken’ichi gives life and face to a crazy and eccentric character, who in alternating and frenetic rhythm of shooting passes by fast tracking in the streets of Okinawa to the hypermedial calm that It wraps up as it turns into miracle dispenser.
His angel healer revival is again ironic: it is through a miracle made on Youtube, and it becomes a stress for the poor Chasuke, instigated by the crowds who expect him more and more.
The film refers to other precedents in which more or less imaginative versions of Alldila were proposed: one after all by Koreeda Hirokazu, who, however, entrusted the representation of the Limbo in which the new dead were welcomed to a skinny scene, Documentary features, in a sober atmosphere. Nothing in Chasuke’s journey: hypertrophic images, slow-moving and fast-paced shooting, chases and screams, and lights “raining” on a protagonist wearing white feather wings.
In a mix of determination and casualty, in an increasingly complex structure, totemic questions emerge, but can we really change our stories? Does love make a difference or not?
Possibly, Sabu’s film, even in the final, with consistency, ceases to propose alternative and open solutions.
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's 鈥漇hibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida鈥檚 鈥滺imeanile鈥(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida鈥檚 鈥漈hreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando鈥檚 鈥滿oon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto鈥檚 鈥滽illing鈥 (2018).

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