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Koi No Tasogare Breakable

Asubtle new direction for Japanese indie production, "Breakable" takes an unblinking, Euro-style look at urban twentysomethings and their vague search for meaning in their lives. Remarkably, the quietly satisfying pic neither condescends nor succumbs to their torpor, but small scale and lack of "Less Than Zero" histrionics will probably keep it from cracking offshore B.O.

Cast:
Minoru ... Hironobu Hirabayashi Kyoko ... Satoko Abe Yumi ... Keiko Sugano Emi ... Koru Soya Nanae ... Yumi Wagai Fumiko ... Tubama Mita

Asubtle new direction for Japanese indie production, “Breakable” takes an unblinking, Euro-style look at urban twentysomethings and their vague search for meaning in their lives. Remarkably, the quietly satisfying pic neither condescends nor succumbs to their torpor, but small scale and lack of “Less Than Zero” histrionics will probably keep it from cracking offshore B.O.

First-time helmer Takayoshi Yamaguchi says Woody Allen is his fave, but Eric Rohmer is a closer model for his breezy, docu-style story, which follows the low-key exploits of Minoru (Hironobu Hirabayashi), the laconic editor of a dumb comic book called “Maiden’s Dream.”

Minoru has grown comfy in his unquestioned relationship with serious Kyoko, but this is shaken by a chance meeting with pretty Yumi, the sister of an almost pathologically uncooperative illustrator. Soon he’s indulging Yumi’s taste for Occidental oddities like jam on toast. Eventually he’s forced to reevaluate his primary affair when Kyoko gets a chance to work at a sushi house in Brazil, but his conclusions remain elusive.

All this romantic flummoxing sounds fairly spare, but it’s frequently enlivened by droll humor (as when a friend totals Kyoko’s car, and everyone is too polite to talk about it) and incisive, yet compassionate, jabs at Japanese materialism and its dispirited offspring.

A nifty surf-guitar score gives a Jarmusch-like kick to Akihito Shiota’s cool B&W lensing. Twentysomethings themselves, Shiota, Yamaguchi and producer Koji Hirata comprise the maverick collective Far East Films, and each is slated to helm future pix.

Koi No Tasogare Breakable

(Japanese -- Drama -- 16mm)

Production: A Far East Films production. Produced by Koji Hirata. Directed, written by Takayoshi Yamaguchi, from a story by Hirata.

Crew: Camera (B&W), Akihito Shiota; editor, Toshihide Hukano; music, Shinsuke Honda; sound, Masami Nishioka; associate producers, Hiorokazu Akiyama, Satoshi Umezawa; assistant directors, Kazunori Nishimura, Yasuhara Suido. Reviewed at Vancouver Intl. Film Festival, Oct. 8, 1993. Running time: 70 min.

With: Minoru ... Hironobu Hirabayashi Kyoko ... Satoko Abe Yumi ... Keiko Sugano Emi ... Koru Soya Nanae ... Yumi Wagai Fumiko ... Tubama Mita

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