Sway (Yureru) features three amazing Japanese talents (with Joe Odagiri in the lead) who excelled in this mystery-drama-thriller involving a love triangle that turned deadly, sibling rivalry and Japanese legalese.
What the Movie is all about: A murder investigation reveals a deep-rooted sibling rivalry in director Miwa Nishikawa’s brooding family drama. On the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death, Tokyo art and fashion photographer Takeru (Joe Odagiri) returns to his small hometown to pay his respects. But all is not well back home, and when Takeru’s authoritative father questions his sincerity, the frustrated son strikes back with accusations of violent conduct.
Though the situation is initially diffused by Takeru’s older brother Moniru (Teruyuki Kagawa), who stayed behind to run the family business, tensions once again start to run high when Takeru, Moniru, and lovely childhood friend Chieko (Yoko Maki) decide to celebrate their reunion by taking a hike in the wilderness. Tragedy strikes, however, when Takeru wanders off to photograph the landscape while Minoru and Chieko get into a heated argument on a suspension bridge. After rejecting Minoru’s advances, Cheiko falls to her death. Takeru saw nothing, and though Minoru claims responsibility for Chieko’s death the authorities still launch a full investigation.
With the evidence against Minoru mounting, it quickly becomes apparent that the older sibling is deeply resentful of the fact that he was forced to remain at home with his overbearing father as Takeru departed for Tokyo and began living the good life. Cheiko’s rejection was merely the last straw for Minoru, who subsequently rejects his brother’s help and places himself at the mercy of the powers that be. [ Narrative by Jason Buchanan ]
Why you should watch this movie: Joe Odagiri is in top form as he plays an arrogant art-fashion photographer who left the small town to settle in the big city. Leaving behind his family including his older brother played by Teruyuki Kagawa who was great playing the kind but insecure and volatile Minoru and his flame Cheiko (Yoko Maki who looks quite alluring).
The amazing on-screen chemistry between the actors with a good number of suspense and the dramatic scene which distinguishes the movie from a whole bunch of Japanese dramatic thrillers.
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