During the 1960s quite a number of young Japanese men moved from their homes in the country to Tokyo in order to make better money and/or to try to make something better of their lives by chasing after idealistic dreams. Inudo's Yellow Tears follows the lives of four young men who have moved from the country to the big city in order to obtain their goals of stardom. First there is Muraoka Eisuke who dreams of writing and drawing literary manga instead of the violent, pornographic type he is forced to do to support himself. Second, these is Mukai Ryuzo, a long-haired glasses wearing young man who dreams of becoming a novelist but has yet to write a word. Third, there is Shimokawa Kei who is an oil painter and finally there is Inoue Shoichi who wants to write pop songs. Of these four men, only Eisuke is able to support himself with his desired work, so one day, after the group performs a ruse to trick Eisuke's mom to go to a hospital in Tokyo, the four friends split up, but not for long. Eisuke, having paid for his mother's hospital bills is nearly broke, still refuses to accept certain work because it is not the work that he wishes to pursue, is shocked one day, two months after the group separated, when a soaking wet Kei appears at his door, but the fun doesn't stop there because soon Ryuzo and Shoichi also arrive to share Eisuke's tiny apartment. Things are rough at first because of the shortage of money, but after Kei and Eisuke come into some money from various means, the group, albeit somewhat begrudgingly, agree to be tight with the money so they will have enough to eat while pursuing their dreams, however, will any of them be successful? Yellow Tears stars the Japanese boy band Arashi, but being unfamiliar with the group or their music, I only had the movie's story to drag me into its over two hour length. While I must say that the film is definitely not a great film, there are some genuinely touching moments and there are some points quite painful for those of us who are a bit too idealistic as the years continue to trickle on by.
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They famously say that all the hippies of the '60s ended up becoming nothing more than bankers. Amidst a resurgent Japan of the 1960s four young men aspire to respectively become a singer, a painter, a writer and a comic book author.
November 5, 2021