Kanao and Shoko are a recently married Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Despite their artistic backgrounds, easygoing Kanao works as a shoe repairman while the slightly more uptight Shoko serves in a small publishing firm. Their home life is marked by comical clashes over her attempts at regimenting and his flirtatious nature. When a friend offers Kanao a job as a courtroom sketch artist, he jumps at the chance to make use of his artistic talent and increase his savings. In the courtroom he silently observes the highest profile cases of the 1990’s while at home he watches helplessly as his wife descends into depression. The fact-based trials of shocking crimes and corporate corruption serve as a powerful undercurrent emphasizing the couple's defeated morale until a vow of commitment leads to a moving transformation.
Director Ryosuke Hashiguchi has been a pivotal figure in contemporary Japanese cinema since the success of his low-budget debut A Touch of Fever (1993) opened doors for many independent filmmakers. All Around Us is his fourth feature film.
Veteran Kimura conveys an unpredictable rawness beyond professional pitch-perfection. Supporting performances also are as natural as breathing. The limpid cinematography has the fluidity of water colors, connecting changing moods like a ride through the tunnel into emerging light.
At times gloomy, at times uplifting, All Around Us is an incredibly intimate portrait of a marriage set against the backdrop of public scandal. It’s nice to see a relationship movie handled in such a mature way for once.
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