Film Review: My Father’s Tracks (2021) by Renpei Tsukamoto

Following within the footsteps of “Bento Harassment”, Renpei Tsukamoto offers with one other dysfunctional household and the methods they may doubtlessly resolve their points, retaining the tour information of the agricultural space component, whereas switching the idea of Bento with rally. 

“My Father’s Tracks” is screening at Asian Pop-up Cinema

The protagonist of the story is Taiga Kitamura, a 29-year-old whose efforts to develop into an actor in Tokyo have hit a wall, as his supervisor claims that his performances lack soul. On the identical time, the younger man has already misplaced his mom when he was younger, primarily blaming his father, whose profession in rally has taken up most of his time, neglecting him, his brother, and their mom.  Neither of the 2 siblings speak to him anymore, and his pleas for Taiga to go to the agricultural space the place he runs a automotive restore store are met with denial, even dismissal from time to time. In the future, nonetheless, he receives a name from his childhood good friend and neighbor Miho, who informs him that his father died immediately of a coronary heart assault. Taiga returns to his birthplace, the place he reconnects with the locals, and the band of “misfits” his father employed, as a lot as with Miho, who’s now a single mom. Step by step, he begins to grasp his father, however his troubles are simply starting. 

Renpei Tsukamoto directs a movie which makes a really direct remark concerning how youngsters have no idea their mother and father and vice versa, primarily commenting on one of many traits of Japanese individuals, who usually are not precisely open with their emotions. On this case, nonetheless, the blame appears to be positioned on the daddy, though Tsukamoto takes care of handing him an “absolution”, at the very least partially. In a secondary remark, he additionally states that shifting from the nation to Tokyo will not be all the time the answer, as a very good life could be additionally achieved exterior of the city facilities, in a component that’s each offered by the story, and a “tour information” of the world facet. The latter advantages essentially the most by the cinematography, which provides to the general idyllic strategy of the film, whereas additionally exhibiting the idea of rally and notably the best way the driving force and the co-driver work in a approach that appears notably interesting if not so reasonable. Moreover,  a comment about how following in a single’s father’s footsteps will not be a “burden” as many youths everywhere in the world take into account, notably those who develop up in rural areas, concludes the feedback of the movie. 

Even supposing drama appears to be the primary ingredient right here, with the looks of the large brother including to this facet, Tsukamoto retains a happy-go-lucky ambiance, which often borders on slapstick, with the all the time cult presence of Riki Takeuchi as one of many father’s outdated mates, and the dysfunctional staff he saved being the primary sources of this component. Furthemore, the apparent romance between Taiga and Miho provides one other degree of leisure, intensifying the general pleasantry the film emits, additionally benefiting essentially the most by the measured performing of Win Morisaki and Mai Fukagawa, respectively. Lastly, that Miho works for a TV station the place she shoots movies in regards to the locals, provides a meta degree to the narrative that additionally works fairly nicely. 

“My Father’s Tracks” will not be precisely an amazing movie, however is simple to look at, humorous, and contains sufficient components that enable it to stray away from the plethora of household dramas/comedies that come out of the Japanese film trade. 



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