Railroad Links Tokyo
23, part-time worker, Japan
|It takes this university student four hours
and 44 minutes to make the round trip to and from school. It is almost
as if he were taking a full-scale journey every time he has to go to
school. He is not enjoying his life in the least. Today will be another
series of stressful situations, as he rides on the train, watching that
same old scenery going by outside the window. But then something
strange happens, after he dozes off.
|This film is replete with the feelings of
loneliness that possess many of today's youth, and it effectively
expresses the sense of hopelessness that can arise from the rat race of
urban life. The photography is stunning too, as is the way in which the
trains are shown. It seems that this film despite its dark theme also
represents a kind of social satire. It was also interesting in the way in
which it showed the disappearance of the last train, leaving the
youngster unable to get home.
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