Village Of Dreams

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Lightweight stuff, but charming nonetheless. Based on the autobiography of renowned Japanese illustrator Seizo Tashima, veteran director Yoichi Higashi's 16th film traces the provincial childhoods of Seizo and his identical twin brother, Yukihiko, as they grow from tiny terrors into more responsible young men. In 1948, Seizo (Keigo Matsuyama) and Yukihiko...read more

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Lightweight stuff, but charming nonetheless. Based on the autobiography of renowned Japanese illustrator Seizo Tashima, veteran director Yoichi Higashi's 16th film traces the provincial childhoods of Seizo and his identical twin brother, Yukihiko, as they grow from tiny

terrors into more responsible young men. In 1948, Seizo (Keigo Matsuyama) and Yukihiko (Shogo Matsuyama) move with their mother (Mieko Harada) and older sister (Kaneko Iwasaki) to the pastoral Kochi region of Japan, where they live with the brutish Jimma (Hosei Komatsu). Perceived by the rest of

the villagers as spoiled outsiders, the boys go to school and do light work in Jimma's household, while clinging to one another with an almost mystical intensity: Sharing the same dream about fish, they simultaneously wet their tatami mats. The twins are determined to become artists, but also

manage to get into a fair amount of trouble, committing minor acts of vandalism and pranks that ultimately drive an already troubled boy from school. As the boys grow older and begin to develop as individuals, they come to realize the consequences of their childish peccadilloes and callous

treatment of others. Divided into discrete segments, Higashi's film is a fairly straightforward string of fond, if sometimes painful, reminiscences that also tries to incorporate elements of traditional Japanese myth and magic. Casual references to the postwar American occupation and programs

involving land and education reform will probably carry more resonance with Japanese audiences, but it's otherwise a lovely film, beautifully photographed and richly evocative of particular time and place.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Lightweight stuff, but charming nonetheless. Based on the autobiography of renowned Japanese illustrator Seizo Tashima, veteran director Yoichi Higashi's 16th film traces the provincial childhoods of Seizo and his identical twin brother, Yukihiko, as they… (more)

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