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The Face of Jizo (2004)

Chichi to kuraseba (original title)
Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948, as the ghost of her father visits ... See full summary »

Director:

Kazuo Kuroki

Writers:

Shinya Ikeda (screenplay), Hisashi Inoue (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Rie Miyazawa Rie Miyazawa ... Mitsue
Yoshio Harada ... Takezou
Tadanobu Asano ... Kinoshita
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Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948, as the ghost of her father visits Mitsué (Rié Miyama). He had somehow learned that she has fallen in love, and tries to convince her to start her new life. But Mitsué obstinately refuses his warm and humorous encouragements : « People were killed in my place. I do not have the right to find happiness », she says. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 July 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Jizo arca See more »

Filming Locations:

Hiroshima, Japan

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JPY 500,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Not Bad at all.
4 April 2006 | by Black_FangSee all my reviews

The film focuses around two characters throughout,Mitsue-the daughter and Takezou-the father, with the third character Kinoshita briefly making appearances, although Kinoshita is central to the story. It takes place over a few days mainly inside the family home. The story reveals the anguish and pain caused by Hiroshima, it does this well. The film's main story is about Mitsue's inability to try and live a happy life after the bombing. Despite her good natured and vibrant personality, she struggles with life.

The movie has two great performances from Yoshio Harada and the wonderful Rie Miyazawa. The film itself i found to be enjoyable, but didn't quite make the mark. Some might find the pacing of the film annoying, normally it wouldn't make a difference to me, but this was too slow and did not engage me often. But i would recommend it, it has good historic relevance, great performances, a chilling musical score and of course Rie Miyazawa.

In summary a simple story told well.


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