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Following up on his acclaimed Like Grains of Sand, Ryosuke Hashiguchi spins this melodramatic comedy about two gay men, an unbalanced woman, and a baby. Naoya (Kazuya Takahashi) is a soft-spoken, easygoing gay man who runs a pet store with his overbearing mother. After years of one-night stands and failed relationships, Noaya finally meets someone he likes at his favorite gay club, the handsome though closeted Katsuhiro (Seiichi Tanabe), who works as an engineer. Though at first the two seem to
Nov 8, 2002 Limited
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Starts promisingly but disintegrates into a dreary, humorless soap opera.
Although the editing might have been tighter, Hush! sympathetically captures the often futile lifestyle of young people in modern Japan.
If the incidents are piled on one another without adding up to much, they provide telling social details.
Hashiguchi covers this territory with wit and originality, suggesting that with his fourth feature -- the first to be released in the U.S. -- a major director is emerging in world cinema.
Hashiguchi uses the situation to evoke a Japan bustling atop an undercurrent of loneliness and isolation.
What might've been an exhilarating exploration of an odd love triangle becomes a sprawl of uncoordinated vectors.
Be patient with the lovely Hush! and your reward will be a thoughtful, emotional movie experience.
Though it breaks no new ground, it's quietly funny and moving, a welcome change of pace from the norm.
While not quite a comedy, the film tackles its relatively serious subject with an open mind and considerable good cheer, and is never less than engaging.
Hashiguchi vividly captures the way young Japanese live now, chafing against their culture's manic mix of millennial brusqueness and undying, traditional politesse.
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