Film Review: Harmonium (2016) by Koji Fukada

The Suzuokas are a seemingly common household of three, dwelling within the suburbs. The husband, Toshio, runs a small metalworking trade within the basement of the home they reside in. His spouse, Fumie is a homemaker and their little daughter, Hotaru goes to the elementary faculty and takes harmonium classes.

“Harmonium” is screening at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema

Nevertheless, when Kusataro Yasaka, an outdated acquaintance of Kanji arrives unexpectedly to their home, after he’s launched from jail, the whole lot modifications. Kanji appears to have a previous life that Mariko didn’t know of, and a secret he shares with Kusataro that makes him invite him to remain at their home. Mariko is infuriated at first, however as time passes and Kusataro reveals the explanations he went to jail, he takes a liking to him. The identical applies to Hotaru, as Kusataro additionally is aware of tips on how to play the harmonium and begins instructing her. Ultimately, he and Fumie begin turning into greater than mates, in an act that has horrible repercussions for everyone. The movie then takes a leap ahead, some years after the incident

The underlying pressure is palpable

Koji Fukada directs, pens and edits a movie that soars with pressure, regardless of the calmness that appears to emit from the characters. Nevertheless, it will definitely erupts from all of them. In that vogue, Toshio is plagued by his previous and Kusataro’s presence solely makes the sentiment worse. His eruption, although, comes later, after the horrific occasion, within the type of a slap. Mariko is sexually repressed and her eruption comes when she begins having emotions for Kusataro. He’s truly infuriated and jealous of the truth that he went to jail and Toshio stayed behind, managing to have a enterprise and a household. His first eruption comes when the household makes a visit to the river, however he manages to comprise it. The second although, is horrific, in an act that makes the stress much more intense within the second half.

No manner out

Fukada’s characters are slaves to their previous, and they don’t appear to have the ability to get away from it, irrespective of how onerous they struggle. This attribute shapes their personalities and leads them to despair, and subsequently, violence. The truth that some secrets and techniques are revealed affords no sense of aid, because it truly makes issues worse.

Despair mirrored within the technical division

This sense of despair can be mirrored within the technical division. Kenichi Negishi’s cinematography portrays the central setting of the home in claustrophobic vogue. Nevertheless, even when the setting turns into bucolic, this sense stays. I additionally loved the truth that Kusataro’s state and the way folks understand him is depicted within the colours of garments he wears. All white, when he’s an ex-murderer. Black and white when he tries to deal with everyone and being common. A splash of pink, within the sole event he’s comfortable. Fukada’s modifying retains the movie sharp and shifting relentlessly ahead in the direction of disaster. Hiroyuki Onogawa’s music is refined, however heightens this sense, with most sounds coming from a harmonium.

Nice performing

All three of the protagonists are nice of their elements. Tadanobu Asano is magnificent as Kusataro, as he emits hazard in a refined however intense vogue. Mariko Tsutsui is nice as Fumie, exemplifying her repression, whereas the scenes the place she reluctantly flirts are spectacular. Kanji Furutachi as Toshio splendidly presents the self-contradictory nature of his character, who tries to cover so many issues within him. The slapping scene is his spotlight, regardless of being so transient.

“Harmonium” is one other nice piece of Japanese cinema, and the Jury Prize it acquired from the Un Sure Regard part on the 2016 Cannes Movie Competition, properly reserved.



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