Rosebud / UK premiere

Aria

  • Takushi Tsubokawa /
  • Japan /
  • 2007 /
  • 105 mins

Masayuki Shionoya , Mariko Takahashi, Shojiro Kataoka, Masao Komatsu, Shimon Yotsuya, Shinichiro Uchida, Toshiyuki Kita, Koji Wakamatsu, Hideko Yoshida, Mickey Curtis / Fiction / Japanese

Eccentric, beautiful road movie from Japan.

Lonely piano tuner Ota (Masayuki Shionoya) befriends Kuzo (Masao Komatsu), an elderly man who performs an unsettling stage act with a lifelike girl puppet. When Kuzo becomes gravely ill, Ota agrees to undertake a quest on his friend's behalf: to track down the lost but strangely significant piano that once belonged to the puppeteer's late wife. But who is the beautiful young woman who insists on coming along for the ride? Is she really Kuzo's daughter? Or could she be his performing partner come to life...? With gorgeous cinematography, and no particularly urgent drive to explain its own mysteries, this is a gently funny, moving second feature from the director of Clouds of Yesterday.

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