Straight from the Cannes Competition, Wim Wenders’ Japan-set charmer is a deeply moving and poetic reflection on the beauty to be found in the everyday.
Hirayama (Koji Yakusho, Shall We Dance?, Babel
) is a meticulous man of routine. Each day he awakes, grooms himself, waters his plants and looks up at the sky with a smile as he leaves home. And then he sets to his work as a toilet cleaner in Shibuya, Tokyo. In his car, he listens to classic rock tunes on cassettes – the music of The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Prince and Van Morrison serving as the soundtrack to his day. Appearing to be utterly content with his life, Hirayama also finds pleasure in photographing trees and reading. The appearance of a young woman at his doorstep leads to revelations about Hirayama’s past. Filled with surprising delight, and with a soaring lead performance by Koji Yakusho, Perfect Days
is a gentle, inspirational ode to simple but profound pleasures.