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Monday, March 26, 2018

OH LUCY! 10

When was the last time you saw a film rated 10 by Rotten Tomatoes reviewers?  I went to that Wiki list and had to go back to 1993, Searching for Bobby Fischer.  For completeness, I should also mention that there are a few that scored zero, and there is none, yet, this year.  I bet you've seen some from the past.

This weekend I saw Oh Lucy!  Never heard of it before, but went because Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 10 score.  I have long wondered why Japanese films today were so wishy-washy, junk, without virtue, whatever.  Earlier this year I saw two films on an ANA flight from Honolulu to Tokyo and they were decent Japanese movies.  

Well, Oh Lucy! was produced in Japan, by a new Japanese writer and director, Atsuko Hirayanagi (right), who recently earned an MFA from New York University. 

The production had nothing to do with I Love Lucy or that 3-million year old female hominin.  This was all about a mostly bitter 55-year old single female office worker in Japan, played by Shinobu Terajima (middle in above photo and to the left), who has led a largely empty life.  Things go from bad to worse to suicide to resignation to attempted suicide until she is "saved."  I'll say no more.

The only American actor is Josh Hartnett, who was fine as a likable scoundrel, first appearing as an English teacher in Japan.  He gives American names to his students and provided that middle-age lady the name Lucy, with a blond wig.  Director Hirayanagi shows good promise.

I should mention that Oh Lucy! came in at #36 this weekend, to #1 Pacific Rim Uprising and #2 Black Panther.  I just refuse, these days, to spend money on these action films featuring giant robots and monsters, plus comic book films.  Further, Pacific Rim Uprising only got a 45% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  Also, PRU is a sequel to Pacific Rim, a 2013 production directed by recent Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro.

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