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The Asian ApertureAdrift in Tokyo (2007)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, August 18, 2013    Share

Down on his luck college student, Fumiya, is over his head in debt and has no money pay it back. He has been a college student for 8-years. Soon his life will change. Fumiya’s door opens and Fukuhara barges in, beats up Fumiya, and shoves a dirty sock into his mouth and demands that he pays 800,000 yen, ($8200.92 US.) Fumiya has no hope and nowhere to run.

The next day he meets up with the debt collector, Fukuhara, and a surprising twist in thrown into the mix. Fukuhara will pay him 1,000,000 providing that Fumiya walk with him across Tokyo. It is a simple plot with a complex story. Fumiya has no other option then to accept and the two walk on the main and side streets of Tokyo. You really learn about an area just by going on walks with little dramas that create interesting stories happening all around you.

The two men bond together as they trek through the streets as Fukuhara’s memories come back to him. He remembers when he and his wife had their first kiss. He takes Fumiya to the same restaurant that he took his wife after they were arguing to put an end to it. You really do see both characters reveal who they really are. Despite the strengths and weaknesses each man has, a genuine friendship develops. They endure the good times and the bad times together and continue to grow.

Adrift in Tokyo is based on a novel by Yoshinaga Fujita and directed with intelligence and insight by Satoshi Miki. It is a quirky comedy that contains scenes of laugh out loud moments, as well as, sad and sober truths. Cinematographer Souhei Tanigawa really makes Tokyo look beautiful from the big urban landscape shots to the alleys; the city comes alive. To really know a city it is important to get out and walk and not just look at the tourist places but to experience the side streets with supermarkets, restaurants, and small shops.

In one clever scene, Fukuhara and Fumiya pass a watch store. Fukuhara goes on a rant about how such a small specialty store can stay in business only by selling watches. Then a door opens and an old man appears. Fukuhara asks him how he stays in business and the store owner becomes enraged and beats him down. He lands a side kick that sends Fukuhara flying backwards and landing on garbage. The old man screams, “NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!”

I have driven and walked past small stores that specialized in one thing and had the same thoughts but I would never go in and ask the owner how he can afford to stay in business.

That is a great scene that is typical throughout Adrift in Tokyo that does a superb job of creating dramatic tensions with a humorous outcome.

You really need to watch Adrift in Tokyo to be able to truly feel what it is all about.

It is a great pleasure in life to find someone you can get out and go walking with and to be able to talk freely about everything.

Highly Recommended

5 out of 5 Stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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