Top positive review
An amazing film
on 4 May 2015
Firstly I'd like to say that I found the quality of the transfer amazingly well restored. Eureka have done a wonderful job here. Just so you have an idea of how good this transfer is, go to the 'extras' menu and select original trailer. Watch this then view the movie and you'll immediately observe the differences.
The interview in the extras menu didn't capture my attention as the interviewer appeared to talk non stop while the director grunted occasionally and basked blissfully in all the gushing compliments from the journalist.
The story is heartbreaking and left me reflecting on our own 21century, western harikiri called suicide. No doubt the the reasons that drove individuals to perform ritual harikiri in 17th C Japan are not totally dissimilar to 21st C folks perhaps.
Lastly, it raised the question of how we deal with those, for whatever reasons, who are unable to make their way independently in life anymore. Do we turn them away or offer a helping hand.