Susumu Terajima as Igarashi, makes for a wonderful audience identification figure, carrying on through the film as if carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He's been nominated for Blessing Bellindia Updated: Jul 20, 2003 20:31 IST
Susumu Terajima as Igarashi, replacing Sabu's regular leading man Shinichi Tsutsumi for the first time, makes for a wonderful audience identification figure, plodding through the film as if carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Bemused brow furrowed in concentration as he peers frettingly into the beyond, our hapless agent is shuffled by the caprices of fate through a series of vignettes in which he stumbles into the daily lives of a host of unrelated characters, from a suicidal salaried man to a terminally depressed single mother.
Sabu on why he chose Susumu:
A man walks alone silently, looks around him, then continues walking...
Soon after I began working on this script, Susumu's face came to my mind – Terajima Susumu, a man who creates a vivid, self-sufficient presence without uttering a word.
Luckily for me, he agreed to do the film. Soon after I began working on the storyboads, Masao's name came into my mind for the cameraman Nakabori Masao, renowned cinematographer with a wealth of experience, an infallible eye for what works best, and a capacity to take the power of nature into the frame. Fortunately, he also agreed to do the job.
And so, The Blessing Bell was put together using the best talent and the best cast. This film is totally unlike anything I've done before.
First Published: Jul 20, 2003 20:31 IST