Review: 「夢売るふたり」 (Yume Uru Futari/Dreams for Sale)

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    1. There is always the chance that I just didn’t get it.

      Honestly, it was pretty much my least favourite film among the nine I saw at the BFI Film Festival.

      1. Reminds me though, I need to write a review of My Sassy Girl (K) one day too, because I seem to be the only one who can’t stand that film.

      2. Hi Donny. The other 9 (8, actually) were: Neighbouring Sounds (Brazil), Thursday till Sunday (Chile), For Love’s Sake, Wolf Children, Like Someone in Love (all Japan), A Fish, Helpless and Romance Joe (all Korea). I’ve linked the ones that I’ve reviewed, still planning to review the rest (Wolf Children, A Fish and Romance Joe in particular).

        Had a ticket for Epilogue (Israel) too, but went to the wrong cinema. X_X

        Also seen Silence (Ireland) and The Wall (Austria) since, which I didn’t have to time to see during the festival but wanted to already then.

  1. I watched the film earlier today (thanks to Paul) and because I kept your review in my memory ever since reading it I had to comment to say that I agree with you.

    I felt that the characters were a little too opaque and I had a hard time believing that Kanya could hold a restaurant full of women in the palm of his hands. The most effective scenes were between Satoko and Kanya early on in the film but their relationship dynamics just went back and forth over the same ground after that until the final third. The other effective bit was Yuka Ebara’s character Hitomi. I liked that her character was sensitively handled, given a life, and not forgotten about or reduced to the butt of a joke. If the film had centered on fewer women (the ones introduced in the second half) and their characters and relationships with Kanya were further developed it would have worked better. I think this is the shortened version of my review but I’ll think on it and my opinion might change.

    It’s still a good film but not brilliant. I have seen three previous works from Miwa Nishikawa and would say that Wild Berries, Sway, and Dear Doctor are all a step up from this.

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