Film Review: Skeleton Flowers (2021) by Rikiya Imaizumi

Japanese coming-of-age motion pictures are inclined to give attention to tensions between members of the family and the ache of rising up, so as to generate drama, which, regularly, ends in motion pictures which can be extra entertaining than life like. Rikiya Imaizumi, nonetheless, who has been making a splash the previous couple of years together with his prolific effort, chooses to implement a quite calm strategy to current his feedback about household and the idea of rising up. 

Skeleton Flowers” screened at Asian Pop-up Cinema

Yo is a highschool pupil who has been residing along with her father, musical composer Nao, since her mom left them when she was nonetheless little. She aspires to be a painter, and her relationship along with her father is quite harmonic, as a lot because the one she shares along with her shut buddies and classmates. All that adjustments, nonetheless, when Nao informs her that he has determined to marry the lady she has been seeing, Yoshiko, a translator of English who additionally has a daughter of her personal, younger Hinako. Riku, a classmate and romantic curiosity, is affected by a dysfunctional coronary heart, which has forbidden him from following his dream of changing into knowledgeable basketball participant and left him misplaced about his future. Furthemore, he has to reside with an overprotective grandmother, alongside together with his mom, whereas his father is at all times touring attributable to his work. The 2 youths come nearer collectively as time passes, however one other woman, extra direct Saki, who faces familial problems with her personal, additionally turns into a part of the equation.

Implementing a relaxed, slow-burning and fairly life like strategy right here, Rikiya Imaizumi presents the story of two youths and the problems they face with their households, emotions and future, in a method although, that regardless of the various alternatives to take action, doesn’t resort to intense moments of stress or drama, with only a few exceptions. This tactic ends in a extremely life like film that additionally highlights the character of Japanese folks, who are inclined to keep away from any form of confrontation as a lot as potential. In that regard, there are not any large fights between Yo and the 2 new ladies that come to her life abruptly, whereas Riku doesn’t erupt or go away his household when the stress from his grandmother and the neglect he feels from his mom’s inaction turn into quite intense. 

As an alternative, Imaizumi tries to point out that honesty, endurance, calmness and dialogue about any points that come up, are a primary ingredient of any human relation, with all of the protagonists exhibiting these traits to the very best diploma.We see this factor within the scenes that observe the few moments of stress, with the one between Yo and her father, and Riku and his mom, highlighting the very fact in essentially the most eloquent trend, as their explanations eradicate any false notions about their actions their youngsters might need. As such, and because the skeleton flower of the title is one which turns into clear after it’s watered, the identical applies to all of the protagonists, who turn into clear after they open up and actually focus on with the folks of their lives. 

This strategy advantages the context of the film considerably, with the feedback Imaizumi wished to make being fascinating in addition to well-presented. On the similar time, the just about full lack of stress, which is intensified by the truth that the protagonists primarily whisper more often than not to one another, the quite gradual tempo, and the 115 minutes of the period, make the movie a bit onerous to take a seat via after a trend, because the low tempo turns into tiring after a degree. Imaizumi provides some moments that purpose at “remedying” this reality, with the presence of Saki and scenes just like the one with the soundtrack presentation, however succeeds solely partly. 

However, the remainder of the film’s facets are on a really excessive degree. Oji Suzuka as Riku and Sara Shida as Yo give quite measured and mature performances, regardless of their age, whereas Arata Iura because the latter’s father embodies the film’s aesthetics to perfection. Higashi Iwanaga’s cinematography captures the areas the protagonists inhabit in a method that mirrors their psychology, with the awful colours dominating but in addition getting a welcome reduction by the quite stunning forest scenes. 

“Sceleton Flowers” is a well-directed, well-shot, and well-acted movie, that wanted, although. some extra stress and a little bit of trimming in its period to get to the subsequent degree. Pageant audiences, nonetheless, will in all probability have a blast with this. 



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