Ore wa matteru ze (I Am Waiting) (1957)
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I Am Waiting (1957) Also called Ore wa matteru ze This is a nice little Japanese noir movie about two lost souls who meet in the night. It's an early film by director, Koreyoshi Kurahara, who later made The Warped Ones (1960). I personally prefer this one and I love the sad music in it. Joji Shimaki (Yujiro Ishihara) is an X-boxer who now owns a little diner on the waterfront. He's waiting to hear from his brother who is supposed to be buying a ranch in Brazil. He meets a downtrodden Saeko (Mie Kitahara) on the docks. Is she thinking of jumping into the water? He invites her back to his restaurant for some warm noodles. Saeko was a classical opera singer until she got ill and lost her voice. Now she works in a night club as a lounge singer. Saeko tells Joji that she may have killed the younger brother of a Yakuza nightclub owner Shibata (Hideaki Nitani) when he made a pass at her. Joji assures her that she should just wait till the morning. If the man was dead, it should be in the morning newspaper. If not, then she shouldn't worry. Saeko hangs out at the cafe and finds out that this is a favorite hang-out for a lot of people who are down on their luck, including Joji himself, who had killed a man and lost the right to fight in the ring. Somehow all of these characters are inter-related to each other.
the first film of kurahara, director of 'the warped ones,' couldn't be more different from that film. the convoluted story doesn't detract too much from the noir style with it's expressionist lighting and evocative music
"I Am Waiting" is one of the earliest films considered of the genre "Nikkatsu Noir" and was a huge hit for the studio upon it's release. It's part melodrama, mystery, and even B-film with noir-influenced settings and lighting. This is also the debut film for Director Koreyoshi Kurahara who went on to be one of Japan's most acclaimed New Wave artists who created unusual and fresh cinema for the youth of Japan. The film is slow in setting up it's characters and plot but once it gets underway is a rather fast paced drama with the ending involving a drawn out fight for revenge. A solid watch for film fans that appreciate Japanese cinema and something a little different and out of the ordinary.
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