This is cheery.
And really good. Could this be a Kobayashi movie that doesn’t suck? *crosses fingers*
I’m watching this and my brain is like “this is kinda good innit?” and then yet another ridiculous scene happens. Kobayashi is trying so hard to make a movie with an intriguingly complex plot, and mostly succeeds? Like most of the scenes really work in this context? But then there are random scenes where you feel like the actors are phoning it in and it all deflates.
But it’s also out of time — it’s one of those noir movies where everybody has three agendas at the same time — but it’s from 1962!
The Inheritance. Masaki Kobayashi. 1962.
This blog post is part of the Eclipse series.