Kuichisan (2013)

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Set in the forgotten, cross-cultured town of Koza, in Okinawa, Japan, this film follows both an ill-at-ease American wanderer (Hendricks) and a 10-year-old Japanese boy (Ishihara) who looks like a monk and drifts amidst his own beliefs. As the boy searches for an outlet for his spirituality, he encounters the magical force of Nature and the history behind the creation of a place that is neither quite American nor Japanese. The boy, who seems to live on the outskirts of an already outsider society, likes to get a cola float and watch the American soldiers eat at the taco stand. People around the town prepare for summertime festivals, welcoming ancestors and ghosts. A gang of abandoned children, barefoot and homeless, wreaks havoc amid the ruins of the once prosperous city. As reality seems to melt and drift, the boy sips his cola float and waits for the end of the world. (c) Anthology Film Archives
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Critic Reviews for Kuichisan

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

At once loose and dense, Ms. Endo's treatment wilts somewhat when drawn out to feature length, though it's a nice place to visit.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The longer the film goes on, the more it seems like a collection of gorgeous images without an overall organizing structure.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

These myriad impressions never quite add up to anything coherent by the end, but perhaps the incoherence is precisely the point.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Slant Magazine

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