Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Two Still Images

A man wrestling Okuzaki to the ground smiles up at the camera.


A woman takes a picture of the crew during Okuzaki's interview with a man he'll later attempt to kill.




9 comments:

Ignatius Vishnevetsky said...

Alternate title:
Où gît votre sourire enfoui?

HarryTuttle said...

What's particularly interesting with the second pic, is that the soldiers' relatives are "actors" (for the first time, if I remember right) in this interview. And Koshimizu's wife cleverly records evidences in case of legal suits. I don't know if she suspects them to be fake, or if she's just being extra cautious. But it shows the ambiguous relation between reality and fiction.

girish said...

Ignatius, you've nailed two of my favorite moments from the film!

"And Koshimizu's wife cleverly records evidences in case of legal suits."

I had a different take. I thought it might be as a keepsake, to record an unusual event (camera crew coming to interview her husband; his moment of 'celebrity').

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said...

I've gotta say that my interpretation was similar to Girish's. I thought of her taking the picture as her "hidden smile."

Gareth said...

I also interpreted the moment in the same way that girish did, as if Koshimizu's wife wanted to memorialise this unusual occurrence in their lives; the way that she glides through the scene and takes the picture is extraordinary, although no-one seems to find it in any way unusual (assuming they even notice it, though surely they weren't unaware of the intrusion).

HarryTuttle said...

Isn't it the scene when later that woman complains offscreen to get the crew out, and her husband tells her to shut up. At the end of the interview the man apologizes for the misbehaviour of his wife? Or do I mismatch with another scene?

whitney said...

I think that this is a different scene than you're thinking of, harry. The position of the wives in all of the various settings was interesting to me, though. It was rare that any of them really intervened with an opinion of some kind. The scene you refer to, Harry, and the scene where the woman takes the picture...I think of her photographing the photographers as a small exercise in her power as a victim of the camera's gaze. Maybe?

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Edwin Mak said...

Brilliant. I've forgotten the "smile for the camera" moment in the top capture.

HarryTuttle said...

Sorry, I mashed up two scenes in one. The "shut up" was indeed less expected in the higher-class family of a high-ranked officer.
I rewatched it and the wife doesn't look as wary as I remembered. Though, when a guy invite himself to her house to accuse loudly your husband of murder and insult the reputation of your family, I don't think the first think in her mind is to take souvenir snapshots of a film crew to put in your photo album...