Sometimes our surroundings and society itself becomes our enabler…. beckoning the darkness to stay even as we strive tirelessly for the light~*.
(Consider this a lead-up post to my final installment of Ikewaki Chizuru shashinshuu posts which will be launched here shortly, that being the third photo book of hers being featured here ^^. If you’ve been visiting here for awhile then you’ll readily know of my respect and adoration for Ikewaki Chizuru as she’s an amazing actress who’s choice of roles throughout her career include a road less traveled approach so to speak as her cinematic and drama career has included very memorable and at times controversial characters which has revealed time and time again of her willingness to be bold in her craft. To view an assortment of Ikewaki Chizuru posts written here over the years you can search under her name in the little “search” box located to the upper right sidebar near the top of this blog.)
A father’s life changing condition leaves a family to live in poverty….the film opens with an emotionally stressed Tatsuo (Ayano Go….very cool! and handsome actor I might add! ^^♥) whom awakens in a drab and unkempt room as visions from his past continue to haunt him in dreams. A chance encounter in a gaming room on any given day….Tatsuo and Takuji (Suda Masaki) meet. Chance leads to an attraction as Tatsuo encounters an instant attraction in Chinatsu/ Takuji’s sister (Ikewaki Chizuru♥). Bearing the burden of livelihood left behind by her ill father, Chinatsu sells her body and in a darkened search for salvation, an adulterous relationship forms a bridge with potentially dire consequences. Tatsuo lives his days in a walking daze often times drinking too much and through intermittent reoccurring nightmares his past is unwoven making sense of today’s light. Tatsuo and Chinatsu’s relationship seems destined to dark shadows as the dynamics of Takuji;s past, Chinatsu’s abusive affair and an air of hope~* in Tatsuo’s very being are each set on a cruel collision course, one that will before long bear witness to a darkest of souls and how a girl’s life which hope has long since abandoned will ultimately be tested at the gates of tragedy and redemption as sometimes the fates will have all roads leading to a singular destination. A place where the light never shines~*, however maybe….just maybe this once.
This film will truly engulf the viewer into the harsh realities of poverty, temptation, hope and a darkness you truly won’t be able to un~see (today’s made up word =)!)…. a really remarkable film with stellar actors and a well paced and memorable direction not to be missed by cinematic and drama lovers alike!
“Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku” contains some violence, strong sexual content and some nudity, rated mature audiences only.
~ “Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku” trailer~