Decoupage has written 8 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Nobuko Rides on a Cloud

    Nobuko Rides on a Cloud

    ★★★★

    Haruko Wanibuchi with maybe the single greatest child acting performance of all-time. She has a smart and clever look about her, displays tremendous range, this isn't your normal cute and funny child actor hamming it up for the laughs. She plays virtuoso violin while pirouetting with ballerinas at the end of the film. Superlative.

    Setsuko Hara co-stars as her mother, but the great actress is really just in cameo mom mode for most of the film.

  • Tokyo Twilight

    Tokyo Twilight

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Setsuko Hara's brother was killed by a train right in front of her eyes in real life. The accident happened just a few weeks before she filmed Tokyo Story. Certainly casts a long shadow over her performance here in Tokyo Twilight.

  • Early Summer

    Early Summer

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful movie. That field of wheat at the end will heal your soul.

  • The Munekata Sisters

    The Munekata Sisters

    ★★★½

    Style over substance. The kind of Ozu movie that's good to have on in the background when you're only half paying attention.

  • 2046

    2046

    ★★★★½

    Chow Mo-wan remains forever in love with a woman from his past, Maggie Cheung's character from 𝐼𝑛 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒, but since he can't have her, he doesn't know how to finish the rest of his story.

    Collateral damage:
    Zhang Ziyi
    Carina Lau
    Gong Li
    Himself

    Saved:
    Faye Wong

    It's a beautiful, messy, haunting, unfinished stab-in-the-heart kind of film for anyone unfortunate enough to not wind up with his or her true love in life.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Honestly I have no idea how anybody likes this movie. The first film was decent, kinda bloated, but this was poorly directed and atrociously acted (with a few exceptions).

  • Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

    Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

    ★½

    The non-canon filler movie. Not very good, often quite boring, almost insulting how lazy the story was written. Characters exist just to help the protagonists (whom they've never met) and then quietly die with a smile on their face. Kikyo aids the villains for no reason, but then she shows up to help Inuyasha one time, then just quits the movie because she says he can do the rest on his own. The main villain could kill anyone whenever she…

  • Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

    Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

    ★★★

    Really cool opening credits sequence, great theme song (Affections Touching Across Time), then about an hour of kitchen sink storytelling before the movie finally gets good. Probably hard to get into unless you've watched the anime series, because the character introductions were not set up well-- for instance, Kagome tells the audience that Kikyo's story is "better off left for another time", and Sesshomaru's fight served no purpose except fan service and unnecessary exposition. Critical moments at the beginning of…