The Good Film about Sickness and Feelings of Japanese
Have you ever heard Gege? Students of Zen Buddhism used to do Ango, it means stopping their training outside for rainy season in Japan not to carelessly kill creatures in vain. Then they live and train at a place for the season. The end of Ango is called Gege. In other words, Gege means a finale of training.
Anyway, it is not the point to mention about a custom of Buddhism. In 2004, the film Gege released. The movie is from a novel written by Sada Masashi, a Japanese popular singer and author.
Written and Directed by Isomura Itsumichi
Originally Written by Sada Masashi
Running Time: 114 min.
However, the story is not about priests. That is a tale of a young teacher who suffers from Behcet's disease. His sight is on the way to being lost from the disease. Do not jump to the conclusion that it is just a common film of sickness in tears. That is not expressed so dramatically and bombastically. Very simply and plain just as making the watcher feel sense of the uncertainty of life.
Takayuki, a young teacher, has suffered from the sickness of unknown origin. He decided to take off his job and his partner Yoko and silently live in his hometown Nagasaki, also hometown of Sada Masashi the author. He selected the place as his last sight. But Yoko came to Nagasaki for her love. One day, two casually visited a temple and met an old man.
To a sort of training, time of suffering from the disease and the way to lose his sight are compared in the film. A moment of losing his vision comes and that is Gege for Takayuki.
Good sights in Nagasaki and plain touch create a refreshing atmosphere. And even like some nature that most Japanese used to have is unerringly expressed.
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