You Like Depressing Movies
By Ingmar Bergman's Depressed Cousin
10:00 am- I popped Double Suicide (Shin ju ten no amijima)
into the VCR. As the movie begins we realize that preparations for
a Kabuki puppet show are going on. The intro ends with a title card.
The puppet show starts, but with people as the puppets.
10:07 am- I realized this is going to be a long morning. I pour
myself a large scotch.
10:30 am- I'm thirty minutes into the movie and I can barely make
out what's going on. It's a black and white Japanese film with white
subtitles that get lost on the screen. Between that and my really
bad eyes I've missed half the dialogue. Not only that, but the film
has more symbolism than the sex scene in Big Top Pee Wee.
10:50 am- I'VE GOT IT, IT'S...no, never mind.
11:05 am- Okay, from what I can gather, a man named Jihei is in
love with a geisha (Koharu). She is also in love with him and he
is the only man she will "see." So far, so good. However, this has
put him in great debt. He has practically ruined his stationary
business and his honor. He cannot afford to buy Koharu's freedom
as he has promised to do for twenty-nine months. He will not stop
seeing her even though he has been asked to by his wife and family.
11:30 am- Jihei's wife's father shows up and demands that his daughter
is given a divorce even though neither Jihei nor Osan (the wife)
wants it. Nonetheless, he takes his daughter and grandchildren away.
This propels Jihei to steal Koharu from the Yamatoya and run away.
They make mad kabuki love and then the film draws to its inevitable
11:43 am- I realize a man has torn apart a family, ruined and ended
his and another persons life and I could care less. I was not at
all depressed or upset. I think that is because Jihei is a weak
and selfish man that I couldn't give a shit about. Then again I
could be missing something. I think I'll pour myself another scotch
and forget the whole thing.