王国 (あるいはその家について) 「Ookoku (aruiwa sono-ka ni tsuite)」
Running Time: 150 mins.
Release Date: 2019
Director: Natsuka Kusano
Writer: Tomoyuki Takahashi (Screenplay)
Starring: Asami Shibuya, Tomo Kasajima, Tomomitsu Adachi, Ryu Kenta
A friendship torn asunder by the death of a child is material fit for a melodrama full of meltdowns and confession but in Domains, director Natsuka Kusano offers a dissection of a relationship in an unconventional form that proved so hypnotic, it became one of the most absorbing film experiences I have watched in years. (slight spoilers)
Domains, produced as an original video work for the Aichi Arts Center, is Kusano’s follow-up to her debut Antonym. For her second film, she re-teamed with Antonym’s writer Tomoyuki Takahashi (Touching the Skin of Eeriness, Happy Hour) to craft a structurally inventive way in which to tell this story as they utilise repetition and variation to slowly build out the emotional dimensions of the relationship.