Conjuring with modern sense could also have envisage the interpretness of rare outdated/ou-tway constantly fancy.While the elegant meet the nausea in otherworldly reality.
Film was structured carefully to let the three stories intertwine and cross paths to maximize the end effect. The use of journey in silence is a reflection of the spirits each of us posseses, and is often used on the travels of the main character. His silence leads to a stronger spirit. However, this theme could have been developed more fully. One can clearly feel this effect as the main character leaves his adopted mother and walks off into the woods--the scene is filled with the sound of cicadas, and as he dissappears into the woods, the sound grows louder.
The film, instead, focused on the ying and yang. The positive and negative cancelling each other out. There are many textual reference to co-existance in the cycle of life. Most poignantly, it would be the many bugs that appear in the film. They are all a set of two--cancelling each other out, and only able to live when the other exists. Too bad the film doesn't add much more to the philosophical dimension to this theme, too.
Overall, the story had many themes that could have been exposed with more attention (such as the use of harsher light to reflect the yin/yang situation). The film also involved a good range of dextere cast however poor the character introduction methods. Apart from the main character, it was hard to guage the importance of each character as they seemed to be treated equally on screen, but held minimal significance to the main storyline. The story is very top heavy because it feels the need to explain the type of work a bugman is, but this takes away from the main plot that unravels in the second half where the aforementioned themes were laid out.
The locations were great, and the costumes were exactly the kind of simplicity required in such a production. The acting was also less theatrical than most other Japanese films, and did not take away from the filmwatching experience.
May 8, 2007