Pane Pleasure

What with the Shinji Somai retrospective raging in Edinburgh, it would be hard for me to see my way to writing about anything else for The Forgotten this week — and indeed, Somai is a perfect fit for such a column. “It’s incredible that these films didn’t get a proper release in the UK,” said my friend Duncan. I pointed out that in SUMMER GARDEN, aka THE FRIENDS, the kids sing the theme tune to MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORRO — and THAT masterpiece didn’t get a western release at the time, so what chance could a live action drama made for young adults but featuring a harrowing account of war crimes have?

Despite such apparent commercial disadvantages, SUMMER GARDEN really does deserve to be widely seen, and would undoubtedly be appreciated if it were. You can see a little of it at The Forgotten.


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