Selasa, 07 Desember 2010
Shohei Imamura - Nippon konchuki aka The Insect Woman (1963)
Iamura's episodic Insect Woman is justly one of his most famous works, and one his finest meditations on the means of survival in an often brutal, unforgiving world. Sachiko Hidari plays Tome, whose life is examined with an unjudging eye throughout her beginnings as a poor country girl through an arc which brings her to the city, relative success and a cyclical spiral back again. Refraining from the use of any melodramatic or other genre devices, Imamura's film is almost reportedly in its stance, yet without the cold detachment such a gambit would yield in the hands of a lesser filmmaker. Tome is both heroine and villain, not fixed to a trajectory of narrative cinema's needs, but reflecting the shading and improbability of the never ending struggle between survival and living.