Japanese dramedy: “cuts like a very sharp knife”

Posted: July 1, 2010 in Movies

“…To confound you even more, Satoko Yokohama’s erratic eco-dramedy Bare Essence of Life (…translates as Ultra Miracle Love Story) focuses on Yojin, an excitable young organic farmer who lives with his grandmother in the stark northern prefecture of Aomori and can’t quite be classified as mentally retarded. His eccentric behavior—uncontrollable laughter, quick flight responses, scheduling his day with a squadron of alarm clocks—comes out of his stunted, childlike logic. Enter mismatched love interest Miss Machiko, a kindergarten teacher who fled Tokyo after her boyfriend was decapitated in a car crash next to his mistress…” Looks interesting.


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