films seen
7
average score
3.57*
nationality
Japan - 50 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

Glasses

Megane
2007 / 106m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
Glasses poster

It relishes the beauty of boredom and shows a glimpse of true bliss, even to people who wouldn't normally want to be caught dead in main character's situation.

The good stuff

Kamome Diner

Kamome Shokudo
2006 / 102m - Japan
Drama, Comedy
Kamome Diner poster

It's a truly pleasant experience from start to finish, but the lack of dramatic events is sure to leave some scratching their heads.

Yoshino's Barber Shop

Barber Yoshino
2004 / 96m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
Yoshino's Barber Shop poster

And while all of that might sound pretty serious and even heavy-handed, it's amazing how light and flirtatious Ogigami manages to keep her debut film.

Solid pieces

Toilet

Toiretto
2010 / 109m - Japan
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
Toilet poster

Ogigami's English-language debut takes a while to get going, but around the halfway point it finally picks up steam. The actors aren't all that, luckily Masako Motai is still around to pull everyone together. Not as good as Ogigami's other work, but still worth checking out.

The inoffensive

Close-Knit

Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki Wa
2017 / 127m - Japan
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Close-Knit poster

Rent-a-Cat

Rentaneko
2012 / 110m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Rent-a-Cat poster

Love Is Five, Seven, Five

Koi wa Go-shichi-go!
2005 / 105m - Japan
Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
Love Is Five, Seven, Five poster

I wouldn't be surprised if every traditional Japanese after school club got its own movie during the 00s. It became a pretty popular genre, driven by a rigid narrative structure that didn't seem to leave the directors much freedom to add something of their own. Ogigami struggles too, but overall she did a pretty solid job.

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The 5-7-5 refers to the haiku pattern, which is the main theme of the film. Some familiarity with the Japanese language and haiku dos and don'ts will definitely come in handy, no doubt some of the finer points went right by me, but by the end of the film I did begin to get a feel for the nuances and appeal. That's not to say I became the biggest haiku fan in the world, but at least I got a decent grasp of the directives.

Ogigami's quirkiness is present, but not as much as in her better work. She's too restricted by the classic setup and the predictable direction of the story. The cinematography is decent and performances are nice, though nothing too exceptional. This is just a fun, breezy and pleasant little film, but a bit too by the numbers for my liking.