Film Review: Assault (2022) by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

In her second characteristic, following the 2018 title “Orphan’s Blues”, Riho Kudo offers with the subjects of friendship and mischief, love and affection in a strictly coded society equivalent to Japanese. “Let Me Hear It Barefoot” premiered final September on the house turf of Pia Movie Competition, and it was chosen for the Harbour part of IFFR, which serves as its worldwide premiere.

Nederland, Rotterdam, 11/01/2021,

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foto Jan de Groen

Plainly our protagonist, a younger man named Naomi (up and coming actor Shion Sasaki), has hassle connecting to individuals round him. When he’s surrounded by his associates, he tends to zone out, and he has a really formal relationship together with his father (Masahiro Komoto). So, when Naomi meets his actual reverse, Maki (newcomer Shuri Suwa) by likelihood at a swimming pool, his life turns utterly…

Maki is a happy-go-lucky-type of younger lad who lives with an aged blind lady Midori (veteran actress Jun Fabuki) and the one factor he shares with Naomi is the love for classic expertise equivalent to audio- and video-tapes and recorders. When Midori will get critically unwell and results in hospital, he leaves her financial savings to Maki with a job for him to journey the world and report back to her so she may take pleasure in it by proxy. Nonetheless, he decides to remain in Japan and pretend the audio-letters, and Naomi joins him in his “enterprise”, and the 2 children begin spending numerous time collectively, typically participating in fairly a bodily, generally even violent homoerotic horseplay, whereas the query categorical the sentiments of queer attraction retains looming over their heads…

Riho Kudo is kind of discreet in her strategy, since she avoids spelling issues out. She respects her viewers sufficient to allow them to determine the context out themselves. It’s clear that the each boys undergo from repression performed by society, not simply concerning their sexuality, they usually wrestle to discover a solution to categorical themselves and their feelings. Some “background” issues stay wrapped in secrecy, just like the trigger for such a chilly and distant relationship between Naomi and his father, the character of Midori’s and Maki’s relationship and even Midori’s motivation to finance one’s journey around the globe, which could have one thing to do together with her previous.

Most likely the strongest factors of the movie are its sense of humour taken from the boys’ ingenious strategy to sound engineering, and using audio-visual elements just like the sound design, Soma Fujii’s mild musical rating and Yasuyuki Sasaki’s cinematography for the dramaturgical functions and depicting the internal lives of the 2 main characters, particularly Naomi, in an intuitive method. The combo between the younger and the extra skilled actors additionally serves fairly nicely.

Alternatively, there’s a appreciable downside within the modifying division, because the editor Azusa Yamazaki fails to determine the rhythm within the limitless repetition of the boys’ routine across the center of the movie. Absolutely, the supply of the issue is principally within the script and the directorial strategy that considerably fails to deepen its thesis, and there may be simply a lot an editor can do about it, however the runtime of over two hours goes to be felt in a not so nice method.

The very ending of the movie is kind of poignant and it mends the entire thing a bit, however one has to attend for it. In the long run, “Let Me Hear It Barefoot” may appear a bit like its protagonist: too shy and delicate for its personal good.



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