Film Review: Struggling Man (2022) by Toshio Lee

Toshio Lee&amprsquors newest comedy &#8220Struggling Man&#8221 tells the story of an utterly plain 45 years old man, Haruo Izawa (Ken Yasuda). He lives in an okay property someplace outdoors of Tokyo with his wife Ritsuko (Eiko Koike) and 3 kids. He is the floor chief of the Ohara branch of Umeya supermarkets exactly where he has worked for the previous twenty 5 years. He is trusted by the manager and looked up to by his co-workers. Although he acts like he doesn&amprsquort think that he doesn&amprsquort have what it requires to be a manager, secretly, he can&amprsquort quit himself from dreaming of becoming a single. The only location exactly where he makes it possible for himself to openly speak about his want is at the modest diner he from time to time secretly eats curry at. This is his only vice.

Struggling Man is screening at Asian Pop Up Cinema

&#8220Struggling Man&#8221 is is not genuinely a film about struggle, as the name suggests. By means of the virtually two hour runtime, Haruo doesn&amprsquort fight against virtually something, not even his personal rather passive character. Rather, the film is far more of a snapshot of the inner globe of an exceedingly ordinary middle aged man. A particular person who goes to assist his colleagues on his day off and doesn&amprsquort report them to the headquarters when they make errors, he appears like the form who&amprsquors often trampled on. Is it due to nature or nurture, we are by no means told, and it also doesn&amprsquort matter, since that&amprsquors how he is and it&amprsquors not like he tries or even desires to modify. The purpose for that is, he is not the pathetic looser he could possibly seem to be. At least in his personal eyes.

We understand this by means of his inner monologue. Although he doesn&amprsquort speak significantly and speaks up even much less, on the inside, Haruo seldom shuts up. He replies to other people, tends to make oftentimes funny remarks, and argues with himself about what he ought to do. Really should he be far more selfish and place himself 1st or he ought to do what he thinks is proper and assist other people? Unsurprisingly, he often choses the latter, but not due to worry or gullibility. It isn&amprsquort since he cares about his image, either. Immediately after all, what form of image does a middle aged supermarket floor chief has to shield? No, it&amprsquors merely since he cares about the individuals about him so significantly to place them ahead of himself. Confident, he does it since he doesn&amprsquort want them to really feel terrible, but only to a degree. But far more than something, he believes in them and desires to assist them, be they clumsy co-workers or total strangers that endanger his household life.

The continual voiceover supplies an exceedingly a single-sided view of what takes place in the story. We by no means understand why specific characters act the way the do. That would have been fine if there was something in Haruo that created him a far more compelling character. But the sad reality is, he just isn&amprsquort. His demeanor oftentimes tends to make points for his wife and kids, particularly his daughters Kome (Yui Okada) and Kanako (Hinako Kikuchi), tricky, particularly when points turn severe in the second aspect of the film.

&#8220Struggling Man&#8221 is a fairly plain film. It appears and sounds okay but that&amprsquors about it. There are no shots that awe the viewer, but there aren&amprsquort any that would make him cringe, either. There are no grand pronouncements about life or the globe, but absolutely nothing exceedingly cheesy, either. It is merely watchable and likeable, but not memorable or believed-provoking as well. Just like its most important character.



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