Come and Go Director: Lim Kah Wai Solid: Nang Tracy, Lee Kang-sheng, Manami Usamaru, Seiji Chihara, JC Chee, Mousam Gurung, Lee Kwang Soo, Lien Binh Phat, Shogen, Orson Mochizuki, Makiko Watanabe, Jakujaku Katsura Very like Mumbai which has been described […]
Come and Go
Director: Lim Kah Wai
Solid: Nang Tracy, Lee Kang-sheng, Manami Usamaru, Seiji Chihara, JC Chee, Mousam Gurung, Lee Kwang Soo, Lien Binh Phat, Shogen, Orson Mochizuki, Makiko Watanabe, Jakujaku Katsura
Very like Mumbai which has been described as “Maya Nagari”, or Magic Metropolis, the place women and men go to understand their desires and construct fortunes, Japan’s Osaka enjoys the same repute. However, whereas most Indians journey to Mumbai, Osaka has been the house for various nationalities, like Koreans, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Chinese language, Malays, Burmese, Nepalese and even Indians. Malaysian-born, Osaka-based writer-director Lim Kah Wai’s makes use of his metropolis in his eighth function, Come and Go, as a melting level of various cultures. Extra importantly, as a spot the place individuals collect to earn their livelihood, and the film had its world premiere on the ongoing Tokyo Worldwide Movie Competition.
Come and Go is an interesting research of how hopes are raised, desires come true and typically how disappointments depress you. With pacy power, Lim presents a mosaic of characters. However since their numbers are massive and their experiences diversified, he can’t study them in-depth, which is actually a minus level. Nonetheless, the film affords an exquisite research of inter-racial tensions. The angst and joys of migrants are narrated by way of gripping tales.
Come and Go begins with the police discovering the stays of an outdated lady, and once they query her neighbour, Iida (Jakujaku Katsura), he’s blissfully unaware of her life. I could have run into her on the road, however know nothing about her, he tells the cops. Not stunning. For years, he has stored loneliness away by being a handyman to whoever wanted him. He may restore absolutely anything! And this left him with little time for anything.
Then there’s a Burmese scholar, Mimi (Nang Tracy), who has to do two jobs in order that she will be able to pay her faculty charges. However life isn’t straightforward for her, given her boss’ unwelcome consideration. Nam works with Mimi, and he desires to go house in Vietnam, as a result of his mom is unwell. However his employer is not going to permit him to take action, as a result of the contract says so.
Like most massive metros, Osaka can also be the centre of a thriving intercourse business, and in one of many early scenes, we see how a younger woman, Mayumi (Manami Usamaru) , is tricked into believing that she would get a component in a daily movie. Nevertheless it seems that she has been known as to audition for a blue movie! At one other scene, we see 4 prostitutes from Korea coming into Osaka, and they’re stuffed with wishes and desires.
There isn’t just intercourse, however romance as properly. A Nepali refugee, Mousan (Mousam Gurang) is having an affair, with an older married lady, Yoshiko (Makiko Watanabe). We are able to see the hopelessness of this affair.
Koichi Furuya’s lens paints a vibrant and textured canvas of Osaka, a metropolis that turns into a personality by itself, and I used to be reminded how the Palmyra bushes in famend Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Shadow Kill are reworked into characters as properly.
(Writer, commentator and film critic Gautaman Bhaskaran has coated the Tokyo Worldwide Movie Competition for a number of years)