Editor’s be aware: That is the primary installment of an ongoing weblog on movies I loved at HIFF–The Hawai’i Worldwide Movie Competition
This was my inaugural movie for this yr’s HIFF and it’s a doozy. It’s entitled, Noise nevertheless it might be “What’s the worth of fact?”
Noise is a Japanese manufacturing set on a distant island. It’s tight knit, rural group – a peaceable, idyllic place, at the very least on the very outset of the movie. The tranquility belies a darkish underbelly. As Carl Jung would say, there’s all the time the shadow that we should take care of. This movie explores this side of society and human nature.
The story line goes like this…Keita (Tatsuya Fujiwara, BATTLE ROYALE) helps his household with the help of his childhood pal, Jun (Ken’ichi Matsuyama, NORWEGIAN WOOD) farming black figs. The figs are enormous, lovely and candy. Keita passes them round like sweet and operates somewhat roadside stand.
We be taught the very way forward for this island is using on his unpretentious fig farm. The powers that be are relying on an enormous grant from the Japanese authorities primarily based on Keita’s agricultural prowess. The island wants this infusion, lots of the younger folks have left the group and rising figs are the important thing to revitalizing its financial system.
When a somewhat creepy stranger, Mutsuo Omisaka, reveals up on the island, every kind of dangerous issues occur. As we be taught, it’s not all of the fault of the Omisaka, though we all know he’s no saint. He’s the journey wire that units off a series of occasions.
When Keita’s daughter goes lacking from the household dwelling, he confronts Omisaka, believing that the stranger is answerable for her disappearance. Keita, Jun and their pal Shin, an area cop confront the stranger and in a tussle Keita by accident kills him.
Jun and Keita attempt to cowl issues up, however to no avail. Occasions proceed to spin uncontrolled and earlier than too lengthy different members of the group fall like dominoes.
Because the our bodies stack up, a few detectives from the mainland present up. The cops imply enterprise and are relentless in attending to the underside of issues. The as soon as idyllic group begins to unravel.
You would possibly say that the theme of the movie, or at the very least one of many messages is that no good deed (or dangerous deed for that matter) goes unpunished. The native of us are decided to cover the crimes from the police for the sake of the group however this isn’t a system for fulfillment. Irrespective of how “good” the intention, the duvet up will get much more convoluted and all of the sudden unravels.
I actually loved this film. It’s cleverly written–as all method of issues occur which can be least anticipated. That’s what you need in a film.
There are some good laughs as nicely.
The screenwriter, Sho Kataoka, has a wry humorousness, however that is no comedy. It’s extra of a Greek tragedy.
Along with the protagonists, there are some fantastic secondary characters–the cynical detective from the mainland (Nagase Masatoshi), the bossy, bitchy mayor girl and her unctuous second in command, the grumpy previous doc and others.
I’m not going to offer the ending away after all however suffice it to say, it’s not a storybook conclusion.
Chances are you’ll suppose you already know whodunnit nevertheless it’s not that straightforward. Nothing in life, or this film, is.