Although I am very picky about Japanese films, but it is true that I like any movie, it makes me love it, the compliment is forever. Little forest is the movie I watched during the most depressing time of this year. Although when I finished watching everything bad for me has not ended, but this movie helped me alleviate my pain a lot.
The movie belongs to the genre “Slice of life” – exactly as its name suggests are slices of life. There is no dramatic climax, no action, no romance. The “Slice of life” movie genre is just gentle, slow as the breath describes the slices of life that are so ordinary that most people don’t want to make a movie and most of us don’t want to see it. We like flashy things, cool things for entertainment, to get out of busy busy lives. But for me, watching these movies is how I free my life. Watch to see that you are actually ordinary people who live normal lives. Watch to see that life out there is actually not like the flashy movies and newspapers that I still watch. Watch to lessen anger and ignorance and return to human nature. Viewers should also not expect anything from the movie. Just open up, immerse yourself in the movie and enjoy it. So the film is only suitable for those who like simplicity and lightness.
Little Forest (Komori) is a Japanese film adaptation of the manga of the same name by author Igarashi Daisuke. The film is divided into 2 parts, premiered half a year apart: episode Ha Thu in August 2014, Winter Spring in February 2015. The film only revolves around Ichico’s character after graduating from high school to study in a big city, but feeling frustrated not suitable for herself, so she returns to the countryside where she was born and lives alone in a simple wooden house because the mother has left for no reason. Here, she herself cultivates, breeds, catches fish and cooks. 4 seasons with distinct scenery, daily chores connecting nature and different dishes and memories of her and her mother as a child.
The movie has the main actor is too beautiful, the scene is too beautiful, the food is attractive. Seeing beautiful and beautiful things is more than enough for a movie. But after I finished watching, I kept wanting to watch it again because throughout the movie, there are so many beautiful things that I cannot remember all once.
The film is about a young girl Ichiko leaves the big city and returns to her hometown in the Komori mountains to live a self-sufficient, peasant life. The film consists of 2 parts, Summer-Autumn – Winter-Spring, focusing on describing the typical dishes each season corresponding to Ichiko’s life in exactly 1 year here. If anyone likes art, cuisine and gentle, serene things like me, this is the work for you. There is no clear plot, Little Forest is just a piece of mixture between the past and the present revolving around vegetables and pets. The extremely few lines of dialogue and almost monologue also contribute significantly in keeping the quiet and deep atmosphere of the work. However, being gentle doesn’t mean being boring. Viewers are still a bit satisfied and eager to look forward to how Ichiko handles her cooking problems to create great food or how she finds the meaning of her life.
Little forest is not just about kitchen, garden. Behind these picturesque films is the young girl’s lonely groping journey to find her own worth. I believe everyone has a hard time, lost their way, did not know who they are, what can do for life like Ichiko. Hard work, tedious, low salary, secretly hoping to have a girlfriend, unable to find happiness even the smallest thing, it can be said that Ichiko’s life is a series of failures. One day, unable to hold back anymore, Ichiko gave up everything and went home. It seems that when facing waves and winds, people also find their roots as instinct. However, Ichiko’s destination does not have any relatives to rely on, to be weak in, to be able to find unconditional comfort. She had to do everything on her own, from farming, gardening, snow-plowing, eating and sleeping. Lonely life is no different from previous urban days, but Ichiko feels more serene and satisfying. There are times when it’s fun to eat homemade jam-dipped bread, even if it’s too sour. Or eager to drink rice wine, even if you do too much, you have to pour it away. Those little pieces of happiness are enough to warm the viewers’ hearts, especially for those who like simplicity and quietness like me.
But after all, Ichiko was still hesitant. She did not want to make a greenhouse to plant trees for fear that she would stomp in this place forever. I am afraid that I will get used to living in the countryside gradually and bury my youth. In this respect, I have super empathy. I sometimes hesitate to do this or that because I worry that things will not work out. Sometimes I think I have to quit my job, but then I think to myself, “Let’s find another job and quit”. And until now, I still hesitate like that, so my life hasn’t changed at all. And I wonder if I have accepted this meaningless life? At least when Ichiko decides what she does, she does it very quickly. Like quickly quitting work to go home. Or as well as steadfastly leaving the garden to open a private business. Finally, a year of hiding in Komori gave Ichiko the answer she needed: Love for farming. Having to live with your passion is to be successful, even if it’s a detour, it takes a long time to reach your destination.
I am very impressed with the work surrounding the theme of mother’s recipes. Although Ichiko’s mother abandoned her to pursue her own life, the mother and daughter’s memories have helped Ichiko a lot during her adult years. Family memories are something very wonderful, sometimes just thinking about it is already overwhelming. As far as I can remember my father’s sugar donuts or mom’s fried bread. All the simple dishes in the family were still poor, but they left an indelible mark on my mind. Hopefully in the future, if I have children, I can also give them such sweet memories:
Village love, friends are told fleeting but also a highlight of the film. No one can live alone in life. A little openness, being honest with others a little will make your life more colorful and warmer.
Besides, food is definitely what makes the movie so successful. Because I like art, history, and cuisine, I rate the film extremely high on this factor. Traditional Japanese dishes will be introduced through each vegetable season. I don’t know if the food is delicious, but the picture is indescribably attractive. But the way to cook each dish will also be mentioned in the movie, sounding easy to understand but not as dry as the movie Night Restaurant. After watching, everyone will surely feel a passionate passion for cooking and gardening. Or else, I would like to eat delicious, eat healthier: Feeling of happiness spread inside like when reading Banana’s Kitchen.