Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Yoko Akino, Manami Fuji
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Special Interests
This funny, poignant comedy, in the gentle tradition of SHALL WE DANCE and THE WEDDING BANQUET, traces the lives of two handsome boyfriends who become entangled with a young woman who proposes the idea of conceiving a chil... more »
C. James | United States | 07/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It surprised me actually that I liked this film as much as I did. It seems a bit long, but nothing unbearable. Interesting, evocative and occasionally amusing: all a round it's a very good movie. It's actually quite similar to Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet (also very good), except Japan is the setting here and Hush! is also a bit darker (as most Japanese films are). The story mainly revolves around three characters: Katsuhiro, a gay man quietly living and working in a predominately straight world; Asako, a solemn & tattered women working as a lab tech. in a dental office; and Naoya, Katsuhiro's eventual lover who's far more out and about with his life, and a fond lover of animals. While sitting by herself in a local restaurant, Asako eavesdrops on part of the conversation between Katsuhiro and Naoya, who were also eating there. They were talking about being (not so) openly gay and their (mostly Katsuhiro's) feelings about fatherhood. As Asako begins to leave the restaurant she finds that someone has stolen her umbrella (and it's raining rather hard outside). Being ignored by management, she eventually leaves angered and upset. Katsuhiro, who noticed the whole ordeal, gives her his company umbrella as he and Naoya leave the restaurant behind her. Asako ultimately tracks down Katsuhiro at his job to return the umbrella that he had given to her. The two start to converse and she eventually asks him if he would father a child with her (through artificial insemination). After some time he agrees. The obvious struggles then begin with Naoya taken aback on the whole idea at first, but other complications also keep the film very interesting: such as a female co-worker of Katsuhiro who grows insatiably obsessed with him; Naoya's charismatic and outspoken mother; and Katsuhiro's sister-in-law who disdainfully censures Asako after delving into her past... Assortments of other things also keep away any tediousness as well. Personally, I thought the film was great; but if you're homophobic or have a low-attention span, then this film may not be for you. If you're open-minded and like semi-sentimental stories, then this one's an excellent choice :)."