Dear Doctor ディア ドクター (2009) Miwa Nishikawa

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Release Date: June 27th, 2009

Running Time: 127 mins.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa

Writer: Miwa Nishikawa (Screenplay/Original Novel)

Starring: Tsurube Shofukutei (Dr. Osamu Ino), Eita (Keisuke Soma), Kimiko Yo (Akemi Ohtake), Teruyuki Kagawa (Masayoshi Saimon), Kaoru Yachigusa (Kaduko Torikai), Haruka Igawa (Ritsuko Torikai), Ryo Iwamatsu (Lieutenant Yoshifumi Okayasu), Yutaka Matushige (Sergeant Hatano),

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Miwa Nishikawa follows up her perfect twisted Tokyo-based family drama Wild Berries with this title about a countryside doctor who may not be what he appears to be. Despite the bucolic setting replacing Tokyo the themes are much the same as in her debut film, deception and desperation.

Dear Doctor takes place in a remote town in the middle of the countryside. It’s nighttime and creatures lurking in the rice fields croak and murmur in the darkness.  A man riding into town on a bicycle along a poorly lit road stops and puts on a doctor’s coat he finds lying on the ground. He continues cycling all the way to the clinic where a cluster of elderly villagers and police officers question him. Where did he find the coat? Where’s the doctor it’s normally attached to?

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Whose Film Is It Anyway?

Sounds like an awesome TV game-show based on movies but it’s actually The Japan Foundation’s www.jpf-film.org.uk which sees a season of Japanese films by contemporary Japanese auteurs which will move between seven cities:

Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Nottingham, Sheffield

The emphasis seems to be on originality which is pretty intriguing. Anybody who has read this blog or watched the Japanese film charts recently will be more than aware that many films are adaptations of manga, anime and novels (Berserk, Arakawa Under the Bridge and Villain). The organisers are well aware of this and have chosen a line-up that looks pretty exciting so here are the details straight from the website:

Whose Film Is It Anyway?

A Season of Japanese Films by Contemporary Japanese Auteurs

10 February to 28 March 2012

Following last year’s successful Back To the Future: Japanese Cinema since the mid-90s season, this year’s Japan Foundation touring film programme looks at narrative creativity in Japanese cinema, showcasing directors both young and emerging, such as Miwa Nishikawa and Takatsugu Naito, and the more established, such as Masayuki Suo (the director best-known for Shall We Dance)…

Having successfully forged and retained their own identities within what is one of the largest film markets in the world, these directors reject the “safe” formulaic film model and instead choose to pursue their own methods of expressing themselves through film. Audiences will be able to hear the individual directors’ voices, whilst also being exposed to characteristics and techniques of some of the best examples of auteur directors from Japan.

The Dark Harbour (Futoko)

When recording a video message for a matchmaking party, solitary fisherman Manzo makes an unusual discovery.

Dir: Takatsugu Naito, 2009, 101 mins, English subtitles

 

Dear Doctor

 

A young medical graduate opts for a job in a remote mountain village, where everything is not as it seems.

Dir: Miwa Nishikawa, 2009, 127 mins, English subtitles

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