By José Alberto Hermosillo
“Perfect Days” is a chant to the working class where simplicity is one of the greatest gifts a human can have.
Veteran German filmmaker Wim Wenders merges the Eastern and Western cultures in a compelling, multi-layered, observational drama of intrinsic beauty.
Set in Tokyo, the Japanese German co-production unveils and underlines a cohesive social narrative with moral values that reach universality, such as honesty, self-respect, self-discipline, and self-love.
“Perfect Days” enquires about the ideological topics of self-preservation in a society where, in some cases, individualism ends up in isolation and loneliness. Still, those self-made situations are not an obstacle for someone to have perfect days and be happy with small incentives.
What would be the perfect day for a toilet cleaner in Tokyo or any other city in the world? To have lunch sitting on a bench contemplating with passion the spilling of the sunlight through the branches and leaves of the trees, snapping a shot with a film camera to preserve the natural beauty of his environment. Those are invaluable moments that last forever.
Younger people interact with Hirayama as normal as possible. They do not distance themselves or treat him with excessive respect as other countries do because of his age. They look at him as one of their own. The generational gap is the same, as they also wonder about the outdated gadgets the man possesses and reproduced. They know he has the knowledge to bring happiness and, at the same time, give them instant emotional satisfaction with American music.
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