The first step to freedom is questioning its existence.
An understated yet deeply felt love story that subverts the entire notion of romantic love in favor of something far more genuine. It’s heartbreaking, hilarious, and uplifting. Aki has given us a deeply grounded examination of how the connections we create can reshape the way we move forward in the world, no matter how suffocating our world may seem. This was a joy to watch.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Perfect Days: On Being Present
“Next time is next time, now is now.”
Throughout Perfect Days entire two hour runtime, we stay locked in with our protagonist Hirayama, a toilet cleaner in Tokyo, as he lives his life of quiet, lovely solitude, one moment at a time. There are no flashbacks, no exposition dumps, no cutaways to another time or place. We never leave Hirayama’s side, and Hirayama himself never strays from being truly present in every single moment.