Sleeping Man (1996)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Kohei Oguri directs this sumptuously photographed free-formed tale about a beautiful corner of Japan. Consisting of a number of enigmatic, interwoven story lines, the film's title comes from Takuji (Ahn Sung-ki), who returns to his rural hometown after journeying about the world. After an accident in the mountain where he used to play as a child, he falls into an impenetrable slumber from which he cannot awake. Other tales include: a young lad listens to folklore spun by an old man who manages a water wheel; a foreign barkeep named Tia (Christine Hakim), who harbors a mysterious past; and Takuji's childhood friend (Koji Yakusho), who tells stories of the sleeping man's past.

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accident, death-in-family, disease, family, injury, slice-of-life