DVD - 2000 | Japanese
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A young mother, haunted by the sudden death of her husband, remarries and tries to find love, understanding and a sense of peace.
Publisher: New York : New Yorker Video, [2000]
ISBN: 9781567301878
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Nov 07, 2016

voisjoe1_0 described the film succinctly. 幻の光 = "phantasmic light" or "trick of the light" or "Mirage." The story about fate, grief and unexplained loss, was filmed only in natural light and immersed in man made sounds of the ever buzzing city Osaka and nature's roaring waves at Unyu Fishing Port 鵜入 (see picture in "Summary.") Critics:
7.6/10 IMDb, 4/4 Roger Ebert and 100% Rotten Tomatoes.

Feb 25, 2016

An homage too Ozu?? – room shots with low non-moving camera , characters coming into the scene and leaving the scene, shots of family sitting on floor, drinking, eating, relating to one another. Ozu-like transition scenes of commuter trains coming and going by tenement buildings. Long shots - time for the audience to comtemplate on what the characters may be contemplating? Just a few scenes where the camera moves to follow the characters. The young lady, now with her second husband, unknown till the end has been contemplating why her first husband ended his life. Maborosi = phantom light. The light may draw us toward unexplained actions. No matter how much we wish, there are things we just will never understand.


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Nov 07, 2016

The fishing village Uniumachi, Unyu Fishing Port 鵜入, near Wajima, on the Noto Peninsula photo:


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Nov 07, 2016

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Yumiko: It's harder to say goodbye if we keep postponing it.
Yumiko: [Recalling her first husband's unexplained suicide] I just... I just don't understand! Why did he kill himself? Why was he walking along the tracks? It just goes around and around in my head. Why do you think he did it?
Tamio: [after giving it some thought] The sea has the power to beguile. Back when dad was fishing, he once saw a maborosi - a strange light - far out to sea. Something in it was beckoning to him, he said... It happens to all of us.

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