Kumakiri Kazuyoshi at IFFR
Hole in the Sky
Beautiful, very human portrait of a good-hearted lonely man who runs a remote roadside diner and one day thinks he finds love.
Green Mind, Metal Bats
Baseball film, but not a sport film. But - just to make up - it does have a supporting role for Wakamatsu Koji as the spirit of Babe Ruth. A failure continues to practice his swing and excessively. Any change is progress in his case - even the encounter with a problem causing alcoholic bitch. Gentle and atmospheric. Based on manga, like so many Japanese dramas.
The Volatile Woman
A woman runs a filling station. One evil day, or maybe a good one, a robber steps inside. At the end of the first day he can stay the night. Original and atmospheric variation on the story of the widow and the illegal alien. Beautifully barely filmed.
In the near future, in a violent and chaotic Japan, victims are allowed by law to take revenge with the aid of a special hit man. That’s how our traumatised, erratic hero Hiroshi earns his living. But basically he’s looking for his lost feeling. Film based on the strange and worrying cult mangas by Matsumoto.
Kumakiri has been a welcome guest in Rotterdam ever since his Hole In the Sky. Non-ko is a charming and light Japanese drama that makes you smile. The title is the stage name of an actress whose private life and career have got stuck. She returns to her place of birth, where she only starts to enjoy life again after a while.