Hirokazu Kore-eda's haunting, graceful Japanese film features a concentrated and powerfully reserved performance by Makiko Esumi as Yumiko, a young woman whose life is defined by the death and disappearance of her loved ones. As a child, she witnessed her grandmother's walking away from her family; as an adult, she must face the fact that her husband has committed suicide.
Impeccably lit and framed, this self-consciously classical first feature blends characteristics of two of the great Japanese masters: a sensitive portrait of a woman's suffering is reminiscent of Mikio Naruse and a serene, minimalist style is suggestive of Yasujiro Ozu. At times, Kore-eda seems to be trudging too dutifully in the path of his illustrious predecessors, and there is little in the film that could be qualified as original. Yet Maborosi remains convincing in its subtle, sustained moods and the quiet confidence of its approach. --Dave Kehr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Maborosi (Maboroshi no Hikari) is a beautiful film. It's simply one of the best movies in my Japanese collection (which isn't small). Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by R. Wingate
this is an amazing film
images framed long and slow like the esteemed dutch painter contemplating something darker than his typical subject
few movies... Read more
A sad, quiet film about a young woman whose experience of death, such as the mysterious suicide of her husband, has left her with a deep, frightening stillness in her soul. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003 by David Bonesteel
I picked up Maborosi thinking it was another Japanese film I'd seen mentioned, so had no idea what to expect. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by avoraciousreader
The camera techniques and the subtle use of expression instead of words made me like this film. I found myself captivated by the movie and trying to figure out what she must be... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002 by A H Booches
I thought I was watching a documentary, not a film
I guess I should appreciate the movie for its artistiuc merit but there are certain things about it that bothered me. Read more
I first watched Kore-eda's film several years ago and was left with mixed emotions. Technically, I felt that the film was a masterwork, with some of the most stunningly composed... Read morePublished on July 14 2002 by James Chong
I've never seen such a powerful film. Mostly focusing on a series of scenes of everyday activities, it illustrates better than any other film I've seen the painful experience of... Read morePublished on March 2 2002 by somebody nobody