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miles away Short Film Review (2019) – Japanese Brotherhood Farewell

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(This is miles away short film review, which is a Japanese short film about the relation of real-life brothers during a funeral)

Funeral has always been a place that induces emotions among people. The same goes for miles away with its story revolving around the funeral, yet also indirectly outside of it.

It is directed and produced by by Saki Matsumoto, who is the director for the Creative Piece Production and features cast such as Shotaro Okada, Shoma Machii, Saori Kawamura, Tatsumi Ishihara and Shifumi Yamaguchi.

Without further ado, let’s go to the miles away short film review below to check out how it fares!

 

Premise

When a family is going through a funeral, the two estranged brothers meet up and they try to mend their relationship for the last time. Will there be a closure for them?

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The 2 estranged brothers

 

miles away Short Film Review

Premise

The premise is damn simple, yet it is cleverly executed. It is all about closure between the brothers who have been estranged when the older one left home to work hard for the family.

The suddenness from the subtleness, the sadness that comes from both the past and closures

I feel that the subtlety of the film is handled well. We are revealed about their childhood slowly through dialogues and memorable childhood pastimes such as throwing rocks and candies. Then it also starts to reveal about the past that caused them their relationship.

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The funeral of…

 

There’s a part in the middle when we truly realise what happens, and it hits kind of hard. The suddenness from the subtleness, the sadness that comes from both the past and closures. And the short film just reveals the truth which really induces that emotion which touches me quite a lot.

The idea may not be the most original, but it is directed well enough that we don’t really care about its originality. Man, this film really knows how to play with surprises that hits hard, and doing so without any excessive dramatisation.

 

Pacing/Visual

Pacing is overall great with not much slow moments except at the important ones. Straight away, we are introduced the setting of the funeral and of the two brothers. The film does not drag one bit but it does not rush the story as well. It is jut greatly paced for us to enjoy the feeling and also the heartbreaking moment.

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It’s a pretty bright day for a funeral

The visual used is very faded whitish, similar to that of a funeral, where life fades away. It’s an irony itself, that such a dark moment is filmed with a bright visual under the sunlight, instead of the commonly seen darker rainy type. But this perhaps alludes to the fact that the closure between the brothers are actually the one happy thing they finally achieve, and the visual subtly nods to that.

 

Characters

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The 2 completely different brothers

 

The two main characters are the brothers themselves. I actually like the set-up between them. The way they interact is just like an estranged brothers, but slowly the distance has become closer, and is no longer ‘miles away’. It feels natural and yet also with a sense of distance.

They are worlds apart, in age and also in personality. The older one is brighter, wiser and calmer, while the younger one is the total opposite. This contrast helps us to see the differences between them, and also makes their closure even more impactful.

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The candy that link them both for the last time…

 

The way the older brother rewards the younger one with a candy that holds the link between them, and the teaching of throwing the rock too just makes it so relatable. And thus when the truth is revealed, it hurts a bit as we are shown that those will be the last links they have.

As for the acting, I think overall the actors are doing a good job. They may not be Oscar-worthy performances, and there are some parts where the acting can seem unnatural or cringed. But the emotion they manage to induce from us is genuine and that I consider is good acting. There’s always room for improvements and I hope to see less cringe acting in certain scenes.

 

Soundtrack

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Let it out together with the sad melody…

 

The soundtrack is another great point here. It is the melody that is very Japanese-esque that always manages to make you cry. It is pretty impactful and memorable as well. The melody plays at the critical important scenes that make you feel deep inside your heart. And it is not overly used too, which is another plus for me.

 

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miles away Short Film Review (2019) – Japanese Brotherhood Farewell
Story
Pacing
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Bright visual with a subtle hint
Great pacing that focuses on delivering the story well
Characters interactions look natural
The surprise twist can hit hard even you don't expect it
Beautiful sad soundtrack that fits the atmosphere
Story is simple, yet greatly executed
What's bad
Premise idea is not original
Some cringe acting in certain scenes
The middle portion has a tad too much dialogues
3.9
Pretty Good!
A well-made short film about closure!
With a great soundtrack, coupled with a simple but well-executed premise, miles away explores the relationship and closure between brothers in a subtle yet emotion-inducing way.
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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