When he discovers that his father (Eiji Okuda) is sick with cancer, young Shiro (Akira) tries to cheer up his dad and mend their relationship — until the boy discovers that he also has an aggressive malignancy that may claim his life before his father dies. Determined not to derail the older man’s recovery, Shiro hides the news as he embarks on his own battle with the disease.
Sion Sono (園 子温 Sono Shion, born 1961) is a controversial filmmaker and poet. He was born in Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan and is best known for his movies and avant-garde poetry performances.
After receiving a fellowship with the PIA, Sono made his first feature-length 16 mm film in 1990, Bicycle Sighs (Jitensha Toiki), which he co-wrote, directed, and starred himself. A coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan, Bicycle Sighs settled Sono as a director with great box office success in Japan, and for nearly two years was played over 30 film festivals around Europe and Asia. In 1992, Sono’s second feature film The Room (Heya), also written by himself, a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district, participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. The Room also toured on 49 festivals worldwide, including the Berlin Film Festival and… read more
This film is fantastic. I was waiting the whole time for a moment of classic Sono absurdity or at least a room covered in blood... and well, it never did. But that makes complete sense once the credits roll.
I would have to say that this movie did have this absurdity, but just in a more loving, gentle way then Sono viewers are accustomed too. I won't say when to avoid spoilers for those who havent seen it, but for those who have watched it, I'm talking about the part at the end, I think it will be easy to identify ahah