You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Su-Ki-Da

Arthouse helming flash doesn't pan out in selfishly inert love story "Su-Ki-Da," sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut "Tokyo.Sky." Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic's unchecked indulgences seal its fate.

With:
With: Hiromi Nagasaku, Aoi Miyazaki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Eita, Sayuri Oyamada.

Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate.

A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke (Eita) picks a plaintive, unfinished tune on his guitar, while Yu (Aoi Miyazaki) hovers and confides in older sis (Sayuri Oyamada) as she putters in kitchen. Seventeen years later, Yosuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima) has finally finished the song, though random and entirely unbelievable tragedy strikes before he can play it for Yu (Hiromi Nagasaku). Jump cuts, cryptic silences, shots of various cloud formations and long takes bereft of movement are key weapons in Ishikawa’s self-consciously arty arsenal, with little in the way of story or character development to engage viewers; Gus van Sant he’s not. In this context, a change of key by guitar-strumming young Yosuke is a major development. Tech credits are tidy, though the helmer’s strategy of cutting sound will have auds whistling for the projectionist. Title phrase is Japanese for “I love you.”

Su-Ki-Da

Japan

Production: An Andes Film production. (International sales: Bitters End, Tokyo.) Produced by Hisashi Tsuchiya. Directed, written, edited by Hiroshi Ishikawa.

Crew: Camera (color), Ishikawa; music, Yoko Kanno; production designer, Mayumi Tomita; costume designer, Makiko Fujii. Reviewed at New Montreal Film Festival (competing), Sept. 23, 2005. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: With: Hiromi Nagasaku, Aoi Miyazaki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Eita, Sayuri Oyamada.

More Film

  • Amanda Fuller's Thriller 'Fashionista' Bought by

    Film News Roundup: Amanda Fuller's Thriller 'Fashionista' Bought by Freestyle

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

  • Sundance 2018: Where Are the Masterpieces?

    Sundance 2018: Where Are the Masterpieces? Sorry, There Are None (Opinion)

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

  • EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO MERCHANDISINGMandatory

    Bradford Dillman, Star of 'Compulsion,' Dies at 87

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

  • Duke Nukem

    John Cena in Talks to Star in 'Duke Nukem' Movie

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

  • 'And Breathe Normally' Review: Sundance Film

    Sundance Film Review: 'And Breathe Normally'

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

  • Baby Driver

    'Baby Driver,' 'Dunkirk,' 'Shape of Water' Lead Golden Reel Nominations for Sound

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

  • The Guilty

    Sundance: Magnolia Buys 'The Guilty'

    Arthouse helming flash doesn’t pan out in selfishly inert love story “Su-Ki-Da,” sophomore effort from Japanese hyphenate Hiroshi Ishikawa, continuing the minimalism of his 2003 debut “Tokyo.Sky.” Director kudos at New Montreal fest notwithstanding, pic’s unchecked indulgences seal its fate. A pair of 17-year-olds clearly like each other, but are incapable of expressing it. Yosuke […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content