Memory & Desire - 1997
Frame Up Films Production - 90 min.
UPC # 9418212009239
Cast: Yuri Kinugawa, Eugene Nomura, Yoko Narahashi, Brenda Kendall.
Screenplay: Niki Caro, based on a story by Peter Wells; Photography: Dion Beebe; Music: Peter Scholes; Editor: Margot Francis; Production Design: Grant Major; Producer: Owen Hughes; Director: Niki Caro.
Sayo and Keiji elope to New Zealand to get away from Keiji's interfering mother. On their honeymoon they are free to express all their desires and passions, but just when it should be their happiest times, Keiji cannot make love and is accidentally drowned. As tradition dictates, Sayo must return to live with her mother-in-law. However, Sayo can only find a modicum of peace by returning to the New Zealand beach where Keiji drowned. Interesting sets and music, but a somewhat muddled screenplay. Also a bit odd to have the Japanese charactors speaking English, in the Tokyo scenes. Probably will not appeal to all tastes, but a nice first feature by Niki Caro.
Censor rating: R16 - Review rating: C+