Realism In Still Walking

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Analysis of Still Walking through Bazin’s film approach
Hirokazu Koreeda got an international attention with his films like After Life, Nobody Knows, Air Doll... Still Walking his film that brought him great success was nominated to many awards. Film was about a family union regarding to anniversary of family’s dead son. In the Still Walking his style of portraying has similarity to Ozu’s way of family, people’s situation in life.
Director Hirokazu Koreeda got his fame by people calling him new Yasujiro Ozu of the Japanese cinema. If we consider the importance of Ozu in Japanese Film history Koreeda’s fame would seem more considerable. Ozu’s film approach is among other two important Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi most realist one if we could say. His materpiece Tokyo Story is famous with it’s realist approach in that sense and has almost no camera movement. Here I want to analyza
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In the film after they came home from the graveyard a blue butterfly enters the room through window. Old mother suddenly goes out of control and tries to catch while saying ‘Ryosuke (name of their dead son) came! That’s Ryosuke!’ everybody in the room calms her down and make sure that there is no way for that yellow butterfly to be spirite of Ryosuke. Yellow butterfly has special meaning in Japanese folk beliefs. Using such visual motif from their culture Koreeda uses a symbol that can be interpretated in different ways. For some audience it cannot be understood as dead son’s spirit but something fragile. It can be seen even just as a visual beauty.
In conclusion, Still Walking complies with French film theoratiicn Andre Bazin’s understanding of realism in the film. Japanese cinema with a pioneer like Yasujiro Ozu has exact examples that suit Bazin’s theory. Hirokazu Koreeda whom called by people new Yasujiro Ozu also serves as a director whose approach is close to Bazin’s
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