Wim Wenders finds the meaning and beauty of life in his latest poetic drama about the everyday life of a lonely Japanese man.
2023, Wim Wenders
123 minutes, Japanese with Russian subtitles
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Arisa Nakano, Tokio Emoto, Aoi Yamada
Day after day, Hirayama performs the same set of routines: shave, water the flowers, fold his futon neatly and go to work — cleaning Tokyo’s public toilets. The next day, the same thing. But why is he filled with such serenity? And why does he have such vivid dreams?
Shot from Perfect Days, 2023
Wim Wenders does his best to share the lesson of humble wisdom embodied in Hirayama with the audience. No wonder that Perfect Days is hailed as the German’s best film in years.
Very much in the film’s favour are its lazy drift, its refusal of restrictive narrative shape and its restless exploration of Tokyo, with Franz Lustig’s photography luminous by light and day
— Jonathan Romney, Screen International