Shinjuku Woman (2017) by Kana Yamada

“Don’t be concerned an excessive amount of”

Though now often called the author/director of “Life: Untitled” and because the author of two episodes of “The Bare Director”, Kana Yamada had additionally discovered the theatrical group ROJI9 in 2010 and had directed and wrote quite a lot of shorts beforehand. 29 minutes-long “Shinjuku Woman” is a kind of movies. 

The titular character is a lady who’s attempting to make a profession as an web persona (idol in the event you favor), though quite a lot of her viewers appear to solely need to see her bare. On the similar time, she nonetheless holds a grudge on her ex-boyfriend, which she shares with a buddy in a quite loud membership in Shinjuku because the film begins. Ultimately, after a lot consuming and keeping off drunken wage males who need to have intercourse along with her, she calls him. When he doesn’t reply, she decides to go to the residence he lives in, solely to search out {that a} totally different woman has the keys to it now. In an absurd choice, he decides to climb the fence to enter from the window.

Movies about quirky characters who find yourself concerned in excessive conditions just isn’t precisely an exception in Japanese cinema, significantly within the unbiased trade. Nevertheless, more often than not, the strategy in these varieties of films is that of the slow-burning art-house, with just a few exceptions that find yourself being the highlights of those films. Kana Yamada, nonetheless, shoots a movie that stands out significantly as a result of it unfolds in a very totally different path, stuffed with rigidity, with the calm scenes truly being those within the minority. 

In that regard, the scene within the bar, the house invasion and significantly the burning of underwear, the sudden choice to go away and the lashing out that closes the film, induce the narrative with a really welcome “nerve” that finally ends up carrying the brief from starting to finish. The identical applies to the music-video like strategy within the depicting of Shinjuku, with the extraordinary shade, the fast-paced music and the pace everybody strikes including to the aforementioned sense. The principle mediums of this strategy are each Kotoha Hiroyama’s fittingly overboard appearing (and the performances of the remainder of the forged for that matter) as a lot because the sometimes frantic enhancing. 

On the similar time, via this strategy, Yamada manages to make quite a lot of social feedback. The idea of idols, the setting of Shinjuku and significantly the angle of the drunken salarymen, the truth that what everybody appears to need from the protagonist is intercourse, and the dangerous choices alcohol consuming often result in are all highlighted right here, in probably the most pleasant trend. On the similar time, the presentation of a lady that’s primarily unremarkable and simply pissed off by how life in Japan is for a girl, provides a really important layer of realism within the movie that additionally works nicely for the narrative, as a lot as the necessity she feels to flee in any manner.

“Shinjuku Woman” is a quite nice movie to look at, significantly as a result of it strays away from the norms of Japanese indie cinema as a result of rigidity that permeates the narrative. 

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