Old Narcissus 2023
Ro narukisosu (original title)
1h 50m | Drama | Release date: May 20, 2023 (Japan)
74-year-old Yamazaki, an eccentric and prideful gay man, meets the young and lonely sex worker Leo, and for the first time in his long tumultuous life, falls in love with another person.
There are very few movies about older gay men who fall for young men, and it’s even rarer if an elderly has an S&M fetish. The Japanese writer-director Tsuyoshi Shôji’s drama “Old Narcissus” candidly tells a story about such an old man, a 74-year-old author of Children’s illustration book. The film is an extended version of his 2017 short film with the same title. It creates a character that is seldom portrayed in cinema.
The aging author is narcissistic Yamazaki (Tajiro Tamura), who is lonely and having a writer’s block to deliver another children’s book despite the nagging from his editor. He hires 25-year-old escort Leo (Atomu Mizuishi) to satisfy his S&M fetish desire.
“Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection and drowned.” That line in the film describes the stage of mind of Yamazaki who still lives in his past and longs for his lost youth and beauty. He hopes that he can be together with Leo and relive his past through Leo’s youthfulness. But Leo is having trouble committing to a same-sex partnership with his own boyfriend. As the interaction between the two progresses, they both come to terms about where they are and what they want.
The writer-director Tsuyoshi Shôji boldly created an aging eccentric character that we have never seen before. Yet, the audience can resonate with so many traits of this colorful character. Much credit needs to be given to Tajiro Tamura, who is remarkable in playing this complicated role without a slight sign of self-consciousness.
While the film doesn’t offer any resolution to a universal problem, it does shine a spotlight on a corner that has been dark for too long.
Director: Tsuyoshi Shôji
Writer: Tsuyoshi Shôji
Stars: Atomu Mizuishi, Kunio Murai, Tajiro Tamura
Country of origin: Japan
Also known as: Old Narcissus
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 3.89 GiB
Duration : 1 h 50 min
Overall bit rate : 5 059 kb/s
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