THUỶ NGUYỆT (WATER AND MOON)
(In memory of the Japanese authors that I love)
Part I – Water and Moon
Japan has just lost the war. A young woman named Kyoko leads her husband, Kenzaburo, who’s recently back from the war stricken with severe tuberculosis, up the mountainous Fukuoka to recuperate. To pass the time and erase the prospect of Kenzaburo’s impending death from her mind, Kyoko begins planting a small garden with different fruits at the house they rent. Kenzaburo, now almost entirely bedridden, spends the days watching his wife taking care of the garden through a handheld mirror. Images of the garden, the forest, the sky, and a beautiful wife at the spring of her life reflecting off the mirror fill Kenzaburo with joy as well as endless sorrow for he realizes that death coming ever closer to him…
Kyoko watches the psychological torment and physical suffering tears at her husband but cannot do anything save for taking care of him, listening to the birds with him, and watching the clouds drift by from the desolate house in the mountain until the day he passes away…
Part II – House in High Mountain
Let’s visualize the house in the mountain of Kyoko and Kenzaburo, its surroundings have stayed mostly unchanged since the end of 1945 when the couple lived there. It’s 2010, and the house has welcomed a new couple, Hiraoka and Miyo. Hiraoka, a middle-aged man, is rich and might have abandoned his family and job in search of freedom. Miyo, 19, met Hiraoka at a restaurant and was hired to spend time with him. It has been one month since their contract began, and before coming to the house in the mountain, they’ve had enjoyable moments at the clubs and the beaches along Fukuoka. Miyo implicitly understands that she is paid to also have sex with Hiraoka, something she’s actually curious about and craves for after a month following this quiet man. But when they arrive at the house in the mountain, a hillbilly named Saburo suddenly shows up. He is rude, irritable, and was hired by Hiraoka to take care of the garden. Since his appearance, bizarre events start happening to himself, Miyo, and Hiraoka in the most unpredictable fashion….