Hashi | はし
Japan/Singapore/Malaysia | 2008 | 111 mins |
Japanese with English subtitles
A film that deals with very relevant issues in our everyday lives, Hashi centres on 3 women from 3 age groups - Shino(50s), Junko(30s) and Momo(20s). Momo is a bento (box lunch) delivery girl who sends bento lunches to Shino and Junko, who are colleagues in an office. Momo would always tell her dreams to Shino or Junko. One day Shino gets a call from an ex-boyfriend whom she has not met for 30 years. Junko has doubts about her relationship with her boyfriend. Their 3 lives cross and diverge in oblique and tangential ways. As the story weaves around issues of love, relationships, insecurity, death and the blurring between dreams and reality, the men in their lives are always present but hardly seen or heard.
In life, the individual always works with limitations. Hashi is a film that was made with prior knowledge of these limitations, and represents a way of working through them. The limitations allows for the exploration of the nature of fiction filmmaking itself. The film takes its cues from Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire: if one actor can play a role, why can’t the same role be acted by two, four or more persons within the same time-space continuum of the story?