Film Review: Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram (2019) by Takuji Suzuki

As a love letter to Kyoto and the 110-year-old tram as a movie, “Randen” is a great sample of Japanese contemporary cinema, but also functions as a tour guide to the western part of the city. Let us take things from the beginning though.

“Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram” is screening at Japan Cuts 2019

The story, which occasionally crosses over the borders to surrealism, revolves around three individuals and subsequently, three love stories. Eisei Hiraoka is a writer for Kamakura who is searching for material to write a book about the supernatural stories connected to the Randen tram. His search however, also brings him back to the past, during a visit to his wife’s hometown. Kako Ogura is a girl working for a local catering shop who meets an actor from Tokyo who wants to improve his Kyoto dialect. The two start hanging out reluctantly,
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