"Yokomichi Yonosuke" or "A Story Of Yonosuke" (int. title) is an amazing film. As usual, I knew NOTHING about the film, even, or especially, not its genre. Knowing the genre is spoilerish imho, you can predict from scene one what the movie's gonna be like.
I downloaded this, based on the movie poster (I think ) and the title. Maybe I thought this might be some sci fi manga, I don't really remember.
So, for the first 3 minutes the viewer doesn't know what it's about at all. Then it becomes clear, the plot is to tell you about a young man, first year student at a university/business admin school, and his interactions with the people around him, and what happens to them later in life. The first flash forward kills any idea of an early romance between Yui and Yonosuke, she goes in another direction.
It's not really a slow moving film but some story lines are really drawn out. It's episodic, not every scene follows the previous one chronologically, this even aside from the flash forwards. It reminded me of two other films: thematically "Go-yang-i-leul boo-tak-hae (2001)" or "Take care of my cat" and nostalgically of "F+cking Åmål (1998)" With the first one it shares the theme of what young people do after high school and the nostalgia too, I guess. And with the second one it shares the nostalgia. With "F+cking Åmål (1998)" and this film both, I really got the feeling I was the observer of a world lost or closed to me, the world of young teens. With Yonosuke I got a peek into the life of the ordinary Japanese, which is entirely closed to me, I don't speak Japanese and I won't ever learn it. On the other hand, some things in Yonosuke are recognizable as typical Japanese, like the scene where Kato and Yonosuke exchange a series of "huh?"s. Sometimes when reading manga or seeing anime, it seems this is something anime related, but apparently, it's not. Several things aren't really clear in the film. Is the relationship with Shoko ever 'consumated'? We don't know. How long does it last? What does Chihara really do for a living? Later in life she's gainfully employed but what's up with that BMW guy? Why does Shoko stress that her brother is her half-brother and why is that funny?
Slowly we also learn that the film takes place in a pre-internet pre-smart phone era, and almost at the end we learn the year of the main story line is 1987-1988, because of the baby's birthyear and the final year should be 2004-2005 since (Baby) Tomoyo is 16 and Yonosuke is 35. This explains the somewhat dated clothes of the nurses etc. but, as a Westerner, this is unclear because we don't know how close or not close Japan is or was to Western clothing styles of nurses.
The flash forwards serve as means to get us nostalgic about the characters: we know at the midpoint what happens to most of them, which makes the main storyline a flashback, which is now watched with hindsight.
All in all, this is a great movie, I advise you to watch it when you're able to pause and rewind, since it can be confusing and sometimes it goes too fast.
It's a great example of how not only big block busters are entertaining for 2.5 hours ....
The Melancholic Alcoholic.
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The year is 1987 and Japan is just reaching the peak of its economic success. Eighteen-year old Yonosuke Yokomichi arrives in Tokyo from Nagasaki. Ordinary in every way possible, he lives in a suburb far from the excitement of the big city and commutes to a university in the center of Tokyo.
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September 15, 2023 at 01:27 PM