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    Reader comments on Japón

    Subject: What the f%@# ??
    Date: Jun 5, 2005
    Sender: JuanPrevious | Next

    Its 347 in the morning and I just watched this movie, Japon, and im totally freaking out. What the hell did I just see? Im not exactly sure, and ive been searching the web for almost an hour for some insight into whats going on.

    Then it hits me.... that is exactly the point of this movie. It is a movie where youmust deal with yourself. It is a movie that you feel, not watch, or try to understand, or try to contemplate, or perhaps try to understand. It is a movie that makes you deal with yourself, your own thoughts, yoru own contemplations.

    I agree that the title signifies "the rising son"... which is also another way to describe a rebirth.... an awakening. After all, death is not a finite event, but a transition; another level or step in a journey that we all must inevitably come to, at one point or another.

    I think that your individual reaction to this film gives insight into where you are at emotionally in your life. The man in this film is trying to muster up the nerve to kill himself. Hes not looking for reasons as to why he should; but constantly finding reasons why he shouldn't.

    He finds these reasons in ance, the elderly indian woman, whom he has a crazy and uncomfortable sex scene with... which was really odd to watch, but reminded me of times when i have had sex and was uncomfortable and silly. Which begs the question... if the passionate love making adn hooting and hollering that we see in pornography and in the movies is real, or is what we saw the reality..... that being intimate with soemone is an odd, weird, painfully awkward and downright funky situation.

    Ive seen Solaris, which is very similar to this movie, (the director of japon actually met with the director of solaris, and studied in brussels, so there is alot of influence there)... but japon acomplashis more than solaris did.... japon makes you deal with yourself. For those of you who got bored, wanted to turn off the tv, or perhaps felt uncomfortable with certain scenes, you should ask yourself why? why was it hard to sit through? why was it difficult to pay attnetnion?

    im not sayint that those who could not sit through it are assholes; im not that bourgoise... but what im suggesting is that the film allows room for you to be involved in it. Its not a film, its an experience... like the characters who must deal with an oppresive environment, so must we sit through this film, without a climatic and dramatic musical score that goes along with teh story and tells us when we are sad, when we ware happy, and where exactly the tension is. None of the usual film tricks that lets us know where we are exist in teh film. Like the man, we too are lost, searching for a sign, searching for a clue.

    i went and saw teh mineola twins, a play in which twin sisters are played by the same actress. teh play was very rough, hard in its delivery, and quite disturbing in its subject matter and excecution... as my girlfriend and i left the theatre, we spent an hour in teh car discussing the differnt issues brought up in the play (abortion, womens rights, mysogeny, etc.) adn then it hit me... maybe the point of the play wasnt to enjoy ourselves, but to create a conversation, a dialouge.... to question the viewers values and mind.... that, in my opinion, is the point of japon, only on an internal level.... to question ourselves, and ask ourselves why ?

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    Comment index:

  • A Dissenting Opinion   from Noire, Mar 24, 2003
  • Re: A Dissenting Opinion   from Asha, Apr 29, 2005
  • Re: A Dissenting Opinion   from andrew mckay, May 2, 2010
  • Re: A Dissenting Opinion   from caitlin, May 11, 2012
  • Terrible movie   from Alberto Arenas, Jul 10, 2003
  • Re: Terrible movie Malinchista   from El Hombre, Jul 28, 2003
  • Re: Terrible movie   from NELSON, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: Terrible movie   from Luis Madaria, May 29, 2004
  • Re: Terrible movie   from Alberto, Nov 6, 2006
  • Japon is haunting   from Frank, Jul 26, 2003
  • Re: Japon is haunting   from Luis Madaria, May 29, 2004
  • the music in Japon   from Gulla R┐nnow Larsen, Nov 14, 2003
  • Re: the music in Japon   from Riccardo, Aug 20, 2004
  • Re: the music in Japon   from Gene, Jun 30, 2005
  • Re: the music in Japon   from Riccardo, Aug 20, 2004
  • "YOU figure it out, I sure as hell couldn't!"   from Richard Leveson, May 26, 2005
  • Re: [no subject]   from mariachi, May 28, 2005
  • » What the f%@# ?? «   from Juan, Jun 5, 2005
  • Re: What the f%@# ??   from William, Oct 12, 2007
  • the end?   from rex, Jan 16, 2008
  • Re: the end?   from Gerry, Jun 24, 2008
  • A Dissenting Opinion   from Noire, Mar 24, 2003
  • Re: A Dissenting Opinion   from Asha, Apr 29, 2005
  • Re: A Dissenting Opinion   from andrew mckay, May 2, 2010
  • Re: A Dissenting Opinion   from caitlin, May 11, 2012
  • Terrible movie   from Alberto Arenas, Jul 10, 2003
  • Re: Terrible movie Malinchista   from El Hombre, Jul 28, 2003
  • Re: Terrible movie   from NELSON, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: Terrible movie   from Luis Madaria, May 29, 2004
  • Re: Terrible movie   from Alberto, Nov 6, 2006
  • Japon is haunting   from Frank, Jul 26, 2003
  • Re: Japon is haunting   from Luis Madaria, May 29, 2004
  • the music in Japon   from Gulla R┐nnow Larsen, Nov 14, 2003
  • Re: the music in Japon   from Riccardo, Aug 20, 2004
  • Re: the music in Japon   from Gene, Jun 30, 2005
  • Re: the music in Japon   from Riccardo, Aug 20, 2004
  • "YOU figure it out, I sure as hell couldn't!"   from Richard Leveson, May 26, 2005
  • Re: [no subject]   from mariachi, May 28, 2005
  • » What the f%@# ?? «   from Juan, Jun 5, 2005
  • Re: What the f%@# ??   from William, Oct 12, 2007
  • the end?   from rex, Jan 16, 2008
  • Re: the end?   from Gerry, Jun 24, 2008