All Around Us (Gururi no koto) (2008)

All Around Us (Gururi no koto) (2008)





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A courtroom sketch artists takes in the parade of sensationalist trials at work while simultaneously contending with a tragic loss at home in director Ryosuke Hashiguchi's affecting portrait of human fragility. Taciturn Kanao (Lily Franky) has recently wed his high school sweetheart Shoko (Tae Kimura), and with a child on the way he knows that he'll soon need a better source of income than his modest shoe repair shop draws. When Kanao's friend offers him a job as a courtroom sketch artist, he readily accepts knowing that it will provide him a better opportunity to express his creativity while also allowing him to start saving for the future. Meanwhile, in the courtroom, the trials of the day spring to vivid life on Kanao's sketch-pad. Kanao's hopes for the future soon begin to fade, however, when his infant daughter dies and Shoko sinks into a paralyzing depression. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for All Around Us (Gururi no koto)

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...egregiously bloated...

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
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Audience Reviews for All Around Us (Gururi no koto)

This film begins as such a poignant, moving drama that it even caused me to tear up a bit during one of many subtle yet powerful scenes. It isn't until the second half that the sentimentality starts feeling forced. One of things this film had going for it was its simplicity, but the plot just becomes so contrived that I can hardly believe I'm still watching the same film. The reenactments of some of Japan's most famous court cases to depict the passing of time was such an inspired idea, as were other aspects of this film, but I just wish the director had quit while he was ahead so I could appreciate this film more.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

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