Image in the Rain (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This Japanese drama takes an almost surreal approach in its examination of the strange friendship between a boy and his neighbor. Mishimura is middle aged and depressed. After moving into a new apartment block he finds himself rapidly bonding to his neighbor's depressed and solitary son Shohei who grieves over his dead dog. Shohei spends many hours staring out the window at the sun showers. Shohei's father and Mishimura are also linked as they both lost their younger brothers in bizarre accidents when they were children. Mishimura takes the father and son with him to the lonely waterfall where his brother died. There he teaches the boy how to see into the next world by staring through the falling water. Later, Shohei is tragically inspired to continue to gaze through the falling waters of the sun showers. When he suddenly sees the image of his beloved dog, he runs into the street and is hit by a truck. Mishimura and the father, fueled by their painful pasts, violently confront each other.

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death, violence, death-in-family, depression, friendship, generation-gap, grief, neighbor