I'd never heard of Mikio Naruse and therefore Floating Clouds but when it was shown on Film4 recently the word "masterpiece" was being thrown around on Twitter. I thought I'd like it, sweeping generalisations aside, I like Japanese films and culture but it didn't work for me. Nothing about it grabbed it in any meaningful way. I saw nothing masterful and didn't care about any of the characters. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood, maybe I am just a philistine, it's possible I wasn't paying attention but unfortunately I doubt I'll give the film another chance to see if I was wrong.
September 15, 2014 at 01:45PM