Soup Opera is a light comedy-drama with a pleasantly slow plot and strong cast. The film is based on a novel by Sawako Agawa of the same title. It’s also one of those simple Japanese films that is set in a small town and makes the viewer feel like they live there and are apart of it all. The slowness, smallness and further simplicities all work in it’s favour as a charm and allow for strong themes and messages to come through. Overall it’s a story with friendly entertainment (comedic) and subtle power (emotional); delightful film.
“(Maki) Sakai plays Rui, a 35-year-old single woman forced to live alone after the aunt who raised her suddenly decides to get married and move out. Through an unexpected set of circumstances, she winds up becoming roommates with an aging ladies’ man named Tony (Tatsuya Fuji) and a timid younger man named Kosuke (Takahiro Nishijima).” (Asia Torrents)
It’s both whimsical and typical in that it’s about bringing people together and being independent at the same time. It’s also slightly enchanting with it’s transition and ending sequences but more so Earthy, natural or spiritual by way of the main character and her surroundings. By this I mean how she is the type to embrace the sunshine, the moonlight and the rain with joy. She’s also half soft and half quirky, and a refreshing character to watch. The other characters are all a bit more animated, and even stereotypical in portrayal, but it totally works in this story.
aparoo’s words: drama, comedy, life, friendship
aparoo says 5/5
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