Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) (1995)
Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) Photos
as Tomoko Tamio's Daughter
as Michiko (Mother)
as Yuichi, Yumiko's Son
as Hiroshi, Yumiko's Father
as Kiyo Yumiko's Grandmother
as Yumiko as a Young Girl
Critic Reviews for Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion)
Each character moves and speaks differently, shining with the complex inner life of a real person with real needs, real memories, real thoughts.
The tale is told in contemplative wide-angle shots; the absence of any spurious, unearned intimacy with the characters makes the climactic scenes profoundly moving.
The film, which was made with only natural light, draws the viewer into its spiritual mood with one breathtaking shot after another, as the camera draws back to contemplate Yumiko from afar.
Maborosi is one of those valuable films where you have to actively place yourself in the character's mind. There are times when we do not know what she is thinking, but we are inspired with an active sympathy.
Audience Reviews for Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion)
I knew nothing about this film before I watched it (rare in itself) and not a whole heap more after it had finished. I don't speak Japanese, so even the title gave nothing away. It's a slow film, a mood piece I guess about the aftermath of a young woman and her child's lives after her partner commits suicide.. Not a lot happens but its very lovely to look at and watchable in a subtle kind of way.
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