Mozzman takes a long journey to Mt. Fuji in search for his old friend Kitakitsune.
Written By: Yukita Kusunoki, Cris Ubermann
Directed By: Yukita Kusunoki. Cris Ubermann
The very cool thing about Independent Film is the director, and writers ability to do anything they want in the pursuit of their story. Journey To Mt. Fuji takes that freedom and runs with it. A good amount of success and one major gripe make up my rating for this film. For what it is, my personal opinion, is that this dreamy film does what it promises to do. But what it promises to do may not be for everyone. And may in fact be only for the die hard art/experimental film lover. There are aspects of this title that are truly amazing. But those same aspects alienate (Pun intended) the viewers. If this title were done slightly differently, those estranged from this film would have gladly embraced it. Of course, this is all the opinion of one viewer. But please read on, and find out the good and bad that Journey To Mt. Fuji has to offer. For both the die hard art fans, and the casual viewers alike.
Again, being an artistic film, there's not a lot of dialog going on. And a lot of what is present, is presented in the form of radio transmissions. So it's hard to gauge the acting. But Yukita Kusunoki as Mozzman did a fantastic job presenting a vast array of expressions, that did make his character completely believable. He did/does, allow Mozzman to remain front and center in this piece, never slipping behind the barrage of artistic shots and effects we see. The audio in 'Journey' fits well with the presentation. But it's hard to judge the overall quality given the premise of the film itself. That can also be said for the visual aspects and quality. When watching a highly artistic film, bad audio and shots can be hidden within the imagery of the film itself. This presents a "It was meant to be that way" attitude which can never be proven. I can safely say that to me, everything did seem calculated and on purpose. Nothing seemed like it was covering for something else. So no matter what the true case, for me everything fit.
The one place that Journey To Mt. Fuji looses marks is the run time. It just seemed far to long for a film such as this. There's only so much abstract indulgence one can take before the point of the story, and everything else begins to get lost in the graphic imagery. I feel that if 'Journey' was presented as a short film, say 30 minutes or under, I would have scored it a 4.0. But once the hour mark passed, I was rapidly taken out of the world presented to me. The constant artistic images and the lack of dialog just started wearing at my brain. That's really my only gripe about this film. It was just a little to long for my personal taste.
Overall, Journey To Mt. Fuji is an above average indie flick. With a much shorter run time it easily would have rated higher in my books. But let's also keep things in perspective. I'm just one guy with one opinion. If you're into this type of film you'll probably score it a 5.0. There is a great story here. Some great imagery and cool use of audio. All the elements for a winning film. For me though it was just a bit to long.
I humbly submit my rating at a 3.0 out of 5.0.
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