Saturday 26 February 2022

Film Review: Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ) (Drama)

Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ)
Yuichiro Hirakawa (Director)
Tori Matsuzaka, Kirin Kiki
Japanese Film Festival Online

High school student Ayumi is trained by his grandmother to act as a "tsunagu," an intermediary for people who want to reach the dead. (Synopsis)

Until the Break of Dawn was an emotional and thoughtful movie. The premise was interesting, and I enjoyed the performances by the principal cast members. The film considered life and death through the idea of connection and regret: what would you want to say to someone who was gone and how might being able to do so change things? I cried a number of times, so keep a box of tissues to hand if you decide to watch it, but it's well worth a view. It gets 4.5 stars from me.

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