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41 Ratings

The Petrified Forest

Kaseki no mori

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan, 1973


Based on novel by Shintaro Ishihara, this is a human drama about the complex relationship of parent and child. Haruo spends his time working in a university hospital when he meets a childhood friend. On the other hand Haruo’s long estranged mother wishes to make amends with her lost son.

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The Petrified Forest Directed by Masahiro Shinoda

Critics reviews

The film feels unfocused and incorporates too many bizarre leaps of logic to be an effective film. A medical school student reconnects with an old flame, who manipulates him into murdering an abusive lover with a deadly poison the student coincidentally happens to be studying in his classes. The student’s pesky mother also gets involved, in ways which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s seen a typical film noir, and the story turns into a rather backward-looking tale of sin and wrongdoing.
February 24, 2017
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