Film Review: A Scene at the Sea (1991) by Takeshi Kitano

Whereas his first two options as director, “Violent Cop” and “Boiling Level”, are typically thought to be gangster or cop thriller, particularly the latter displayed Takeshi Kitano’s willingness to discover the boundaries of style in addition to his distinctive model of filmmaking. Other than the depiction of the hero alongside together with his/her deconstruction, it additionally showcased his tendency in direction of the absurd or gallows humor, which he would go on to discover even additional in options akin to “Sonatine”. Nevertheless, his third directorial effort, “A Scene on the Sea” is one thing else solely, and whereas lots of the features of Kitano’s model are included, its temper, its themes and characters already present a distinct facet of the director in a drama about outsiders, acceptance and the expertise of freedom. “A Scene on the Sea” additionally marks his first collaboration with acclaimed composer Joe Hisashi, which might proceed till “Dolls”.

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Ever since his childhood, hearing-impaired Shigeru (Claude Maki) was an outsider in his group, a small coastal city. The native youth often make enjoyable of him or ignore him, and his solely good friend is Takako (Hiroko Oshima) and his older colleague at work, who doesn’t bully him and tries to be one thing of a father determine for the younger man. Nevertheless, Shigeru’s life adjustments upon discovering a discarded surfboard throughout work, which he picks up and repairs at residence, upon which he ventures to the close by seaside and begins training. Whereas at first his each day visits to the seaside are all of the extra motive for his bullies to make enjoyable of him, and he additionally turns into a laughingstock for the small group of surfers, his stubbornness and willingness to lean go away an impression among the many latter.

Finally, he takes up the braveness to even enter a contest, whereas Takako encourages him. She additionally accompanies him to purchase new and extra skilled gear, a brand new surfboard together with different equipment. Little by little, he’s additionally accepted by the opposite surfers, and even the bullies, who’ve taken up browsing themselves, cease laughing about Shigeru.

Whereas “Boiling Level” should have been an actual disappointment for these anticipating the identical form of cop/gangster-drama he did beforehand, “A Scene on the Sea” absolutely is kind of a change for Kitano. Nevertheless, viewers acquainted with the director’s filmography will discover the theme of the ocean showing for the primary time, together with the metaphorical meanings hooked up to it. Whereas reviewers and authors regard the picture as one exhibiting the metaphysical features of Kitano’s work, his tales and his characters, within the case of “A Scene on the Sea” you may additionally consider freedom and, above all, acceptance, particularly contemplating the peace the principle character experiences when he goes browsing. The picture and the sound of the ocean, which additionally appears to have influenced Hisashi’s rating, is omnipresent all through the film, thus turning into a spot for the protagonist the place he feels accepted and never held again by his handicap.

Ultimately, “A Scene on the Sea” is a really touching portrayal of outsiders and the way one finds solace within the firm of others. The picture of the discarded surfboard awakens one thing in Shigeru, which neither the course of the film, nor the efficiency of Claude Maki by no means absolutely explains, because the photographs are principally static, and the performing follows Kitano’s ordinary predilection for the deadpan-minimalism. As an alternative, the visuals and the sound inform the story of an outsider, anyone who may additionally really feel considerably discarded and forgotten, lastly eager to be acknowledged and to depart behind the picture different folks have of him. Katsumi Yanagashima’s digital camera follows this technique of transition of the younger man, this seek for confidence and turning into higher, and finally escaping from an in any other case slightly boring, proscribing setting.

“A Scene on the Sea” is a splendidly shot and acted drama. Takeshi Kitano’s third function movie is a diversion from his earlier work, showcasing his strategy to downplay the conflicts of a personality, and in that method, telling a visually stunning and touching story, which is supported by the nice rating of Joe Hisashi.

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