This film is a journey toward death in the company of Inoue. It's touching how I felt so close to Inoue. We get to live with him each stages until he goes up the stairs. I liked the way Hara seeked for lies Inoue wrote in his biography. It's like Inoue wanted to change the memories that would live on after he would pass away, making alive a new story of him. However it's Hara's most "conventional in the form" film.
it's probably the only documentary about a writer which starts with a striptease performed by the writer himself. But it's only a trifle. Even the sight of his bloody liver put down on a plate is a trifle compared to how much passion, love and vigour he managed to evoke in other people. I especially loved the scenes with his friend, female author (does anyone know her name?).
There's almost nothing online about the subject of this documentary, Mitsuharu Inoue, when you search in English-compared even to the case of Hiroshi Noma, another writer featured and also scarcely translated to the lingua franca, and most of whatever exists is because of the film, an invaluable sketchy journey through the life of a man of letters whose presence is accentuated by his looming death.
A fascinating documentary on a writer I know absolutely nothing about. Kazuo Hara is brilliant as ever, relating the story of the eccentric Inoue in a way that almost seems fiction at times its so fascinating, and others blurs into that realm of the too real where the banal resides. My second favourite of his after The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On.
The power of this film is diminished by an overlong runtime. Also it tries to be too many movies at once. I believe it would have been stronger if Hara had stuck only with his subject's personality and contradictions. When he veers into family history, it loses steam. Nevertheless still evidence that Hara is a master
The best documentaries dig deep and touch you at levels far below the surface. Here I find myself fascinated and moved by a man I had never heard of before this. Now I want to know more and to read his works and to understand his philosophy and his life on an even deeper and more intimate level.
Interesting question: fiction or reality? Which is which? Documentarians Hara and Morris would like us to believe there is no line of distinction, and if there is, it's a blurred one at best. Wonderful film, full of questions, and full of hard work on the viewer's part. Can't wait to introduce myself to Inoue's works.