When a bus is violently hijacked in a small Japanese town, only three people survive: the guilt racked driver Makoto, and a young brother and sister, Kozue and Naoki. Two years later, each of them still struggle to re-engage with life.
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Aoyama's bold decision to shoot in sepia (thus eschewing the safe aestheticism which Japanese landscapes could easily guarantee, either in color or b/w) serves well, paradoxically, the childrens' journey to a tortuous recovery from their PTSD numb detachment, following the bus ride carnage. Whilst not all protracted episodes are fully justified, it is an engrossing and visually arresting film, mainly in its 1st part.
The event itself doesn't take up much of the movie. This is all about the aftermath, which many movies never deal with. Pace here is everything. Events unfold slowly in 'Eureka' because the participants are so scarred from their event that they need time to piece their lives back together, even as they continue to spiral down.
Nothing creates a transcendent bond between people like severe trauma. This film shows how much humans are social mammals and our necessary need for one another to survive. The use of distant and close proximity cinematography was genuinely genius too.
The antithesis of Love Exposure. i can't stop looking at my watch while watching this film. At 217 minutes, this film feels a little bit overlong, in what was supposed to be a simple story.The beautiful cinematography, too bad, cannot help either
A film about loss, rejection and healing.
The extraordinary journey of Sawai that, to save himself and two children, victims of a terrible shock with him, becomes father and their only guide, to lead to a painful but necessary rediscovery of life.
"The antithesis of Love Exposure", completely agree but not in a negative way. I'm a big fan of both films but more so Eureka. This film made me feel so strange and gloomy for a long time after viewing, a unique and challenging experience but one of my favorites. However, I certainly would not recommend it to most people I know.