Saturday, 27 September 2014
The Bird People in China
Starring: Masahiro Motoki
Remember Narry's review of Zebraman back in the day? Well, this is by the same director. Like Zebraman, Bird People in China takes a fantastical concept and brings it down to earth. Which is slightly disappointing in this case, as I was hoping to see some outlandish paragliding scenes set amidst the mountains of Yunan.
Bird People tells an interesting story of two people who have nothing in common being thrown into a new situation and finding a life changing experience in the process. Couple this with the visually stunning location, and Bird People makes for compelling watching.
Being a Miike film, there are a few scenes where things get gritty. The Yakuza character is quite dislikable at first, although his transformation due to the effect of being away from the city is inspiring. Bird People also uses music to good effect. It has a mysterious tune that appears repeatedly and plays a key part in the story, a la Close Encounters.
Although it was quite a different film to what I had hoped for, Narry fell in love with the countryside location - more films should be filmed in rural China, says I.