Shinozaki, etc.

M Arnold ma_iku at
Sun Jul 28 07:06:06 EDT 2002

From: joseph murphy

>The larger point is that, as much as I like Okaeri, it's another story
about a sick wife, who begins with a modicum of financial and personal
independence,is reduced to helplessness by mental illness and ends judged
before doctors and collapsed into her husbands arms, who cradles her in his
arms and tells her to shush.

How common is this in recent film?  This may be a little different, but what
was that drama a few years back with Kimutaku as some kind of audio/light
technician for concerts (?) with a wheelchair-bound girlfriend?  My memory
is hazy, but I remember reading comments on the series that praised the show
for featuring a relatively independent disabled character, but the few
episodes I watched seemed to be looking at the issue a different way.  There
was another drama 3 or 4 years ago that I remember even less clearly,
featuring a mentally disabled young woman character.  As far as I watched
that too tried to find her disability as "adorable" or something.  I was
curious about the wives in Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Korei and especially Cure as
well, but in those cases the husbands don't seem so thrilled about caring
for their adorably sick women.  I supppose something like Hanako (the
documentary, not the horror story) may also be something of a contrast to
those examples.

Did anyone else see Hama Maiku last week, by the way?  Again, pretty
disappointing.  If I'm not mistaken Aoyama Shinji's episode is going to be
aired a week from tomorrow.  Speaking of which, I picked up the Japanese DVD
of "Roji e" and will write up my comments as soon as I get the time to see
the whole thing.  At first glance the DVD looked great, and it does have
English subtitles.

Michael Arnold
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