I found it to be too lengthy at times. I think it had something to do with the long dialogues with almost no respite. But overall, I enjoyed it. The cinematography and the editing are playful and well executed. Even the 80s music is not enough to make it seem dated. The story is nice, with good performances. The milieu is established from the begining and the mood is maintained throughout.
A lovely, bittersweet family story. It might seem to meander, but it all comes together in the end. A lot more is going on than meets the eye on a first viewing. Impeccable performances, beautiful production, only a terribly dated synthesizer score dates the film.
Not Kon's finest hour. Lacks complexity, poor characterisation, overall poor adaptation from the book . It's a surprisingly immature film for a director who was 67 years old by then and had 40 years of filmmaking under his belt.