Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw (2004)

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    Rating: 5.5/10
    Runtime: 92
    Language: Japanese (English softsubs)
    Country: Japan
    Color: color

    Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
    Tasuku Emoto
    Mansaku Fuwa
    Ichirô Hariu
    Juri ihata
    Kaori Kobayashi
    Atsuto Maruyama

    Description: Original title: "17-sai no fûkei - shônen wa nani o mita no ka"
    Based on the true story of a 17-year-old boy in Okayama Prefecture, who in the winter of 2000 killed his mother with a baseball bat and fled to the north country on his mountain bike, pedaling for 17 days until the police ran him to ground. What intrigued Wakamatsu about this story was not just the rare and atrocious nature of the boy's crime, but his form of escape. Why north in the dead of winter? Rejecting easy explanations, from pop psychology or elsewhere, Wakamatsu retraced the boy's steps, trying to see what he had seen. In the wild, rugged mountains and sea coasts of Tohoku, he found intimations of the boy's state of mind. He also found the makings of a film. On January 6, 2004, Wakamatsu and a tiny crew started a 17-day shoot that approximated the boy's route, though their starting and ending points (Ikebukuro and the northern tip of Honshu) were different. They filmed on the fly, without a script, though Wakamatsu and three collaborators wrote one later. Playing the boy, newcomer Tasuku Emoto spends much screen time climbing hills and battling winds, while saying little or nothing to the various people he encounters on the way. This may sound like the very definition of boredom -- a two-wheeled trip to nowhere, with a sullen teenager as a reluctant guide. And yet the sight of the boy's whirling legs and mask of a face, as he slogs though a winter landscape of desolate beauty, compels attention and invites speculation. Is he trying to obliterate feelings of guilt and regret -- to literally sweat and freeze them out? Or is his journey a form of atonement through self-inflicted suffering? Instead of giving us clear-cut answers, the film supplies the boy's unfiltered thoughts, in captions and narration. As he passes though a Shinjuku crowd, at the start of his journey, captions flash on the screen: "Why are you gathered here? You have nothing to do with me. You are just scenery." But he listens attentively to an old man in a station waiting room and an old Korean woman in a mountain hut, as they tell stories of being teenagers in wartime Japan. Unlike him, they want their memories to endure -- and are articulate and passionate in relating them.

    DVDrip, XVID, 698 MB, 592 x 336, Video 130 KBit/s, Audio 128 KBit/s

    Rar Password: none
    Subtitles are in idx/sub format, I failed to convert them - Sub Resync couldn´t read them as single letters.

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