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14th
Jeonju Digital Project 2013: Strangers
SWEET TEMPTATION
Director_ Kobayashi Masahiro
Korea, Japan 2013 min HD color shorts
Review

A husband and wife are sitting at a table but don’t talk to each other. They go to a restaurant but eat on different tables. The husband falls asleep alone in bed and the wife sobs while tidying up the kitchen. Director Kobayashi Masahiro’s camera keeps following the daily life of a married couple who treats each other like strangers. What could have happened to them? We find a clue in the middle of the movie. Ryoichi, the husband, meets a man who mentions about a kid died in an accident. He keeps saying sorry but Ryoichi leaves him warning not to contact him or his wife never again. In the next scene Yukiko, the wife, prepares a meal with love and care. Apart from the couple’s plates there’s one more plate and a glass of juice. In the picture on the table we can guess that the couple had a child. With an exception of the scene where Ryoichi meets the man, where subtitles appear, there’s no dialogue in Strangers When We Meet. The couple is living in a complete silence that makes us focus on their pain and wounded heart better. In the ending scene, the husband and wife meet at a restaurant after the dead child’s memorial day. Their bodies speak louder than words. Would it be a conciliatory gesture or a cinematic fantasy? Masahiro delivers the delicate emotions only with limited gestures like the wife’s lame leg and leaves the interpretation open to the audience.

CREDIT
  • DirectorKOBAYASHI Masahiro
  • ScreenplayKOBAYASHI Masahiro
  • ProducerKOBAYASHI Naoko
  • CinematographyFURUYA Koichi
  • SoundYAMAGUCHI Mitsuhiro
  • EditorOHTA Yoshinori
  • MusicSAKUMA JUNPEI
CastNAKAMURA Yuko, HONDA Kikuo, KOBAYASHI Masahiro
DIRECTOR
Kobayashi Masahiro
Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1954. A folksinger and screenwriter, KOBAYASHI Masahiro has founded the film production company Monkey Town Productions in 1996 to finish his feature debut Closing Time which won grand prize at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Bootleg Film, Koroshi, Man Walking on Snow were invited to Cannes International Film Festival for three year in a row and Bashing was nominated for Palme d´Or. He has known as ´the director beloved by Cannes´. Amazing Story, Where are you were invited in competition to Locarno International Film Festival and The Rebirth won four prizes at the 60th Locarno International Film Festival including the Golden Leopard and the Daniel Schmid award. In 2008, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Buenos Aires International Film Festival hosted a retrospective of his films to great acclaim. Haru´s Journey won many domestic and international awards including best picture, best director and audience award. KOBAYASHI Masahiro has explored madness that lies beneath quite daily life. Since 1996, ´Living legend of Japan´, KOBAYASHI Masahiro makes out of as many as 14 feature films that mostly written and produced by himself.
Jeonju Office

(54999) 2F, Jeonju Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea

T. (063)288-5433 F. (063)288-5411

Seoul Office

(06740) 2F, Kyeongwon Bldg., 56 Bawoomoe-ro 43, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

T. (02)2285-0562 F. (02)2285-0560

Jeonju Cine Complex

(54999)22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea

T. (063)231-3377