Film Review: Ryoko Kaban

Ryoko Kaban | Timoteus Anggawan Kusno | 9’ | Japan | 2016

Ryoko Kaban | Timoteus Anggawan Kusno | 9’ | Japan | 2016

With the record setting from the outside of train’s wagon, Timoteus, the director, is creating a quiet deep fake dialogue between a woman as a interviewees and a man as a (interviewer). This film is narrating a woman who likes celebrating her lonely feeling in the train, filled with long forgotten memories which merge into her reverie. Bringing her to the calm atmosphere as a lonely celebration that engulfed her.

Self reflection from inside of the train is a potray from the woman’s habit to contemplate through old memories that contain happiness or sadness. Happy memory depicted on the story told by her when she enjoyed a song that often sung by her grandfather which considered her a special someone. A song that always appears in her head, accompanying her as her enjoyed her loneliness in the train. Her singing with piano as a back sound of a song her late grandfather always sung for her, will make the audience to enter into the memory that is being narrated.

Still with the same setting, the interviewees continued her story on the sad memory about her mother, sister, and grandfather. She was tried to remember all of the story that her grandfather had been told her about her mother and her sister. The story about her mother that experienced inner conflict to drank poison like what her friend had done when Japan had lost in the war, and fears on the thought about being a captive by Chinese or Uni Soviet.

Sad atmosphere is also presented when the woman narrated about her sister’s death in her way back to Japan. Whereas previously her sister and her mother were lived in Manchuria in avoiding war. The woman’s birth as the cause of her mother’s death and her grandfather that also died not long after the woman returned to Tokyo to continue her school are successfully creating a sad atmosphere, accompanied with piano that supporting that melancholy montage.

What we got from this film is an invitation by the director to take part on self reflection from events in the past. A piece of the forgotten story nor that still glued to the memory to be contemplated as a new life spirit, and a form of expression of gratitude for the present time that built from foundations that came from happy or sad stories. And realizing that a lonely feeling is not always have to be avoided, because humans tend to fear the confusion when loneliness came. This film is a proof that celebrating the loneliness in our own way can bring sense of comfort which never can be obtained in the middle of crowds and hustle and bustle of life, and can reconcile ourselves from endless inner conflict. [Justicia Handykaputri / Ellyta Rahmayandi]

Timoteus Anggawan Kusno | 9’ | Japan | 2016

8 Desember 2016 | IFI-LIP Yogyakarta | 16.30 WIB

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