Bashing – Cannes 2005

Bashing - Cannes 2005

Bashing – Cannes 2005

  Yesterday’s Competition at Cannes was dominated by Woody Allen’s new film Match Point, the only reason is not one of the hottest favorites for the Palme d’Or because he is running out of competition. A little of this gloss, the film threatens to overlap of competition.

“Bashing” is a slang term for the public abuse and marginalization of certain groups or individuals, and in fact is also in Masahiro Kobayashi’s competition entry for the systematic finish of a person. In this case it is the girl Yuko (Fusako Urabe), (the Middle East, presumably in Iraq, even though this is never explicitly mentioned) took part in a humanitarian mission and was detained for months as a hostage. Upon her return, she gets targeted by neighbors, friends, but also from strangers who share terrorize them, rumors about the alleged Vaterlandsverräterin into the world and eventually make sure that not only they but also their father (Ryuzo Tanaka) its job loses – in Japan, under normal circumstances, an impossibility. But as the father gives his boss to understand, his presence harms the reputation of the company. The family gets off track and Yuko is increasingly becoming a burden, a public nuisance. Finally, they can not buy even more normal, but needs to escape into the anonymity of a McDonald’s because the shop around the corner, it no longer sold. Thus, it remains almost the only way out left nor the journey to that place where they may have spent the worst and the best time of their lives.

Sun Kobayashi’s film is also terrifying, so many questions he does leave open. While it is obvious that the director alludes to the Iraq conflict, but whether Yuko stood with their involvement in a humanitarian relief effort in opposition to the official Japanese position, for example, is never addressed. So what exactly is a shame to have brought the Yuko about her family and her country, is approximate. The experiences during the hostage remains in darkness, it remains the film is a rigorous study of the mechanisms of power in Japanese society, but could act as good by another victim of public disapproval. A concrete policy related to current events does not occur. Nevertheless, the film gets under your skin, because he forcefully demonstrates how little people have when they were once branded by the company to outsiders.

Title: Bashing – Cannes 2005 Country of production: Japan Year of production: 2005 Length: 82 (Min)

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