Toshio Suzuoka runs a small metalworking factory in the suburbs. He has a wife, Fumie, and a 10-year-old daughter, Hotaru. They enjoy peaceful days, but Toshio’s acquaintance Kusataro Yasaka appears. Kusataro Yasaka recently served time in prison. Toshio hires Kusataro and lets him stay at his house. Fumie is apprehensive about Kusataro Yasaka, but she warms up to him after seeing him teach their daughter to play the harmonium. 8 years later,Toshio discovers a clue about Kusataro.
Cast & Credits
The film germinated in the mind of writer and director Kôji Fukada, filmed mainly in Tokyo, "Harmonium" is awarded a prize in Cannes for being an eccentric family drama.
This is not really a movie to sit and watch, the pace is typical Japanese however, if you are able to tolerate this kind of stimulation, especially the first half, you will be in a great emotional film. The film actually takes a sudden turn that looks like a completely different movie in the second half onwards.
Unfortunately, it's one of those abrupt, somewhat unsatisfactory terminals, an inconclusive film, leaving you to draw all sorts of conclusions and interpretations, it also leaves you with many unresolved questions as well as the characters ...
Harmonium adds some unique elements to it that feel more raw and full of sympathy. It really makes you think about the consequences and emotional realism that each character must feel.
The acting is a major factor for this movie by all cast, thanks to them is a very heavy film that will surely make you shake in an unusual way.