ひとつの歌 「Hitotsu no Uta」
Release Date: October 13th, 2012
Duration: 102 mins.
Director: Kyoshi Sugita
Writer: Kyoshi Sugita (Script),
Starring: Takenori Kaneko, Yuri Ishizaki, Koichi Masuno, Mayumi Tenkou, Sansei Shiomi,
A Song I Remember is slow and restrained in its rhythm and storytelling. It withholds information as it asks audiences to follow a young man’s daily life in Tokyo and pay attention to a sparse set of seemingly random encounters with events and people. In these moments are odd details that stick in the memory and, by the end, these details build a context that acts as a stage for an emotional knockout blow delivered by the actors.
I’m getting ahead of myself here, rushing to the end without talking a little about the film’s beginnings.