"Man Walking on Snow"
Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi
Ken Ogata (Mishima) delivers a wonderful
performance as Honma Nobuo, a lonely, elderly widower who lives with his
youngest son, Yasuo (Hayashi Yasufumi), in a remote, snow-covered region of
Hokkaido. For the second anniversary of his wife's death, the ailing Nobuo
insists that his estranged first son, Ryoichi (Kagawa Teruyuki), return
home. Nobuo hopes to come to terms with his family, but the reunion devolves
into a bitter affair. Also known as Aruku, Hito, this nuanced drama
from Masahiro Kobayashi (The Rebirth) received Un Certain Regard at
Cannes. Japanese with English subtitles. 103 minutes.