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  • Movie: Sway
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Jul 8, 2006
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Takeru returns to his small hometown to attend a Buddhist ceremony honoring his deceased mother. His older brother, Minoru is the one that got Takeru to return to his roots for his mother’s ceremony.

Takeru left his hometown and family many years ago to live in Tokyo. Since that time, he became a successful photographer, while his brother Mineru, was left behind to run their family’s modest gas station business.

When Takeru first arrived back in his hometown, he learned that his ex-girlfriend, Chie, is now working for their family gas station business. He watches his timid older brother work talk with Chie and instantly feels jealousy. That evening Takeru asks Minoru if he could take Chie home, which Minoru agrees to good-naturedly. He even gives Takeru money to buy dinner. Takeru and Chie soon end up back at her apartment and the intimacy that they shared years ago are quickly rekindled.

The next day, at the insistence of Minoru, they all go together to the area known as "Hasumi Gorge" a beautiful mountainous area with a river and an old suspension bridge. On that fateful day, Chie tries to cross the swaying suspension bridge with Mineru closely behind her, but falls to her death.

Minoru is now on trial for the murder of Chie and his younger brother Takeru must now tie the pieces together to find out his innocence or guilt. ~AsianWiki

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jul 8, 2006
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 41 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
BrightestStar
6 people found this review helpful
Jun 30, 2014
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
This movie didn't get me into an emotional state right away like say Odagiri's Tokyo Tower, or the fuzzy feeling of another of Odagiri movie Adrift in Tokyo (yup big time fan of the guy :P). However it did stay in my mind for a few days, so I can figure out how I felt about it and how I can understand the ending.

Sway is about 2 very different brothers who never came into terms with how they feel about each other. Even though the events of the show are very intense and we can even say extreme, but this type of feeling between siblings can exist in any type of family (talking from personal experience here :P). The older one (Minoru) who carry the burden to stay in his hometown and not let his father down. He's the peace maker of the family. The younger brother (Takeru) was the one that wanted to get out of his family's control and change his fate. I think he just didn't want to end up like his brother, and wanted an individualistic, materialistic lifestyle (offered by today's capitalism). In the middle was the hometown girl. From what I gather, she was a girl that lived comfortably until she was laid off. She was afraid of change so she had refused to leave town for the big city. When she lost her job, her sole living family moved on in life, she found herself alone.

Here where it all comes into play. Minoru begrudges his existence, thinks that lil bro is only in it for himself and nothing more. He has low self esteem to the point of never confessing to the woman he loves. Takeru hates everything his hometown represents, which makes him disdain what his older brother represents. He just couldn't get over the fact that he ex might end up with his older brother, so he ended up pursuing her without any intend for a long term relationship. He feels hollow and never satisfied with anything. She, at this point in her life, had similar fears to Takeru. She just wants out, and doesn't want to become another Minoru, and she looked at Takeru as her ticket out. I found all 3 were profound characters, very selfish and very human.

An accident happen that changes their fates forever and makes them face all their decisions they made up to now and what went wrong with them. I think each one of us has a bit of Minoru, or a bit of Takeru, or even a bit of both.

I don't need to mention about the acting here, we have an all talented cast carefully casted. Some goes for the directing with all its subtlety. I think whats amazing about this movie is that we begin to appreciated, at least in my case, not while watching it or as soon as its done, but after a long while, when you realize that its still there in the back of your mind.

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Senpai
0 people found this review helpful
Nov 5, 2018
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
Nishikawa Miwa, a young filmmaker Hiroshima student of the famous Koreeda Hirokazu, and his former assistant director on Distance, achieved through the work of this second test director focuses mainly on memory and responsibility for human actions as well as personal growth of the individual . These are issues that have their roots in Japanese culture: memory as the intrinsic respect for customs and traditions of an ancient culture that keeps alive (at least in reality more rural) customs and at first glance habits obsolete but also memories of war or disaster natural disasters that often keep this country and its people under control. The fact, then, does not fall within the typical emotional stereotype flagellated of the genre, with a clear and not necessarily positive resolution, leading, therefore, to a particular narrative structure that hides the truth (preventing a linear understanding of the events) and, in then abruptly reveal it at the threshold of the prologue. With the same precariousness of the leaves swept by the wind, Yureru has the merit of representing the lability of human thought, where even hope runs the risk of being manipulated by memory.

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