Cinema: Oriental Antonioni

She and He. Far too much of Japan's exported celluloid is allocated to films of the nation's vanished grandeur—to the gaudy excesses of feudal overlords, the violent, formalized courage of the Samurai. She and He is one of a handful of recent exceptions.

In a sterile suburb of Tokyo, a couple, not quite young, not yet old, lives in a stereotyped housing development. Childless and friendless, they also become, in effect, anonymous, merely "she" and "he." Then "she" suddenly awakens to the universe outside her door. Alongside the development lives a colony of bedraggled ragpickers who subsist on the refuse of their...

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