Monday, November 14, 2005

Mirai

The other day I watched Bright Future directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. I agree with one person I spoke to about it, who said that it requires several viewings to get a sense of. Its true, the dialogue was so intentionally full of holes at times, it made interpretation very interesting. The characters themselves float around, unable to fully anchor themselves to their speech, and they at times react to their ambiguous statements as we react to them, with uncertainty and a desire for fidelity.

The film ends with a gang of Che Guevara t-shirt wearing youth, walking the streets, kicking around cardboard boxes to the song Mirai by The Back Horn. Its an interesting scene, seductive if only because of its apparent lack of seduction. A banal scene, who excessive banality somehow creates its very opposite.

I've posted the lyrics below, because it represents another ambiguous hit, which far from being an identification based on knowing what the character feels, is an identification based on how we feel something which is the same, yet beyond our control.


Mirai (The Future)

The song I lost was in my heart
One day we'll disappear but
the powder snow white, the feelings lay thick
it was a little rebellion, you touched my shoulder

I held you, and was in love
that was everything
it's like even the borders will vanish now
and snow flowers will bloom.

a bubble flew away, burst and disappeared
even still I try to make them fly to reach the sky

through a thousand nights, we breathed
the world at large is endless
a brilliant future

goodbye for now, until we meet again
there's nothing beyond here, just a big white empty space
I held you, and was in love
that was everything
it's like even the borders will vanish now
and snow flowers will bloom.

How long can I believe
There is feeling in this trembling hand
in my heart the song resounds
and we go on
a brilliant future

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