When Ryuhei Sasaki (played by Teruyuki Kagawa) is unceremoniously dumped from his ‘safe’ company job his family’s happy humdrum life is put at risk. Unwilling to accept the shame of unemployment the loyal salaryman decides not to tell anyone instead leaving home each morning in suit and tie with briefcase spending his days searching for work and lining up for soup with the homeless. Outstanding performances; serene elegant direction; and Kurosawa’s trademark chills are evident as he ratchets up the unsettling atmosphere and the grim hopelessness of Sasaki’s unemployment.
22 June 2009
Eureka Entertainment Ltd